Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Chemical Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-08-2017

Posting Summary:
The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia seeks candidates for a Research Associate to work under the supervision of Dr. William Epling.

The successful candidate will design and synthesize catalysts for low temperature oxidation and reduction reactions, and transient trapping reactions relevant to natural gas engine and lean-burn gasoline and diesel exhaust clean up. With these catalysts, reactor and surface characterization studies will be performed to evaluate catalyst activity and develop reaction mechanisms. Emphasis will be placed on sulfur poisoning of the catalysts prepared. The successful candidate will also model the kinetics of the reactions/systems, primarily using global kinetic modeling, but also working toward microkinetic models. Therefore, duties will include experiment design, catalyst synthesis, catalyst characterization, reactor testing of the catalysts prepared and kinetic modeling of the mechanisms derived.

A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry or a related field, with experience in catalyst synthesis, performance characterization, IR spectroscopy and reaction kinetic modeling is required. Experience with engine exhaust aftertreatment catalysis, reactor design and fabrication and other catalyst characterization techniques is preferred. The applicant should also have a track record of mentor-ship of undergraduate and/or graduate researchers and a strong writing ability as evidenced by prior papers and grant/fellowship applications.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0622290. Complete a Candidate Profile online; attach a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Professor William Epling (

With one of the highest graduation rates of minority undergraduate students and one of the highest percentages of women engineering students among public universities, the University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

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