Apr 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description: The postdoctoral scholar is responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in production-consumption systems with a specific focus on material flows from rural regions to urban regions. The candidate will work on a new project under the direct supervision of Dr. Jay S. Golden, a professor in the Department of Engineering and the Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement. The research falls under Dr. Golden's leading work on Sustainable Systems Analysis and will initially focus on the unique role that Eastern North Carolina provides in supplying a variety of earth resources to urban regions across the country. The work will expand to examine similar production-consumption systems domestically and globally. This will include examining the environmental and socio-economic implications. The project will also seek to develop an industrial symbiosis /circular economy project in Eastern North Carolina with public and private partners. Responsibilities include management of all aspects of engaging in original scientific research using empirical data acquisition, material flow analysis, and life cycle assessment modeling. Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, data collection, report writing, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications, and training and supervision of undergraduate and graduate research students, including overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, and supervision of data entry / data analysis. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research and human subjects training. Approximately 85% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to research. Approximately 15% of the postdoctoral scholar's time will be devoted to managing the day-to-day activity of undergraduate and graduate research students working with Dr. Golden.

Minimum Qualifications: English Proficiency Excellent written and oral communication skills PhD in related field The successful candidate should be able to manage multiple detail-oriented tasks with minimal supervision, be capable of trouble-shooting and critical thinking, and be self-motivated, dedicated and creative.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered for this position, all applicants must apply through People Admin and attach their CV or resume and names and contact information of 3 references. Appointments are typically for a one year period. Five years (typically give appointments of one year) is typically the maximum total period that any individual may serve as a Scholar. The University, in its sole discretion has the option to renew or extend any appointment, subject to the availability of funds, past performance evaluations and/or any other lawful reasons. For other information on the ECU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, please visit our website at:

Date Initial Screening Begins: 04-25-2017

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled