Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Posting Number NC1356P Quick Link for Posting Working Title Post-Doctoral Fellow Position Number 16416 Department Chemical Engineering About the University

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department Department Home Page Job Type Staff Summary of Job Duties

The Postdoctoral Fellow will study Membrane Science and Technology in the Thompson lab: (1) membrane surface modification for water treatment and (2) biocatalyst membrane fabrication. The job duties include membrane characterization techniques (electron microscopy, light microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). The Postdoctoral Fellow should be experienced in membrane engineering design, enzyme immobilization, protein chemistry, and test bench scale and small pilot scale batch reactor for biocatalysts water treatment (disinfection and removal of contaminants, i.e. algal toxins). The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for biocatalysts testing which include testing of catalysts and measurement of reactant and product formation as a function of time and reactant concentration. The job duties for this position will be using modeling software to model and understand molecular dynamics (e.g., Comsol, AutoCAD, LAMMPS). The Postdoctoral Fellow will mentor junior researchers, prepare manuscripts, submit proposals, manage the research laboratory and activities, instrument support, and present research at national conferences. The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Ph.D. obtained by the time of appointment in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field
  • Experimental laboratory skills and experience in Microbial culturing, Materials characterization (TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS, ICP), and Chemical characterization (FTIR; HPLC)
  • At least 2 first-author peer-reviewed, published journal articles
Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No If yes, please specify Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated track record of scientific achievement as documented in publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in composite material design & membrane fabrication
  • Understanding of protein chemistry and enzyme kinetic data analysis
  • Understanding of Reactor design and engineering
  • Experience in aqueous phase nanoparticle synthesis
  • Experience in Materials characterization
  • Experience in in-situ FTIR / ATR-FTIR
  • Experience in COMSOL modeling
  • Experience in AutoCAD modeling
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Proficiently skilled in Microsoft Office suite and Origin graphing software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong scientific problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Ability to work in a team environment, work collaboratively, and work on interdisciplinary teams/projects
Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing
  • Crouching
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Stooping
  • Talking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Grasping
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking


  • Feeling
  • Hearing

Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes. Employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, general laborer, lab personnel, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities or structures (i.e., security guard)

Physical Conditions The employee is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation., The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials. Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (schedule may vary based on department needs) Overtime Eligible No Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Bell Engineering Center Benefits Eligible Yes Appointment Percent 100 Salary Commensurate with experience Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background and registered sex offender check Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date Close Date 03/27/2019 Open Until Filled No Anticipated Start Date Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments) Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources
ADMN 222
(479) 575-5351

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701. EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No Work Location Fayetteville, AR Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you (or will you by the time of appointment) have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have experimental lab skills in Microbial culturing,Materials characterization (TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS, ICP), and Chemical characterization (FTIR; HPLC)?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have at least 2 first-author peer-reviewed, published journal articles?
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s) cont.
  3. Proof of Veterans Status




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Posted: 3/14/2019
Application Due: 3/27/2019
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