Research Professional II (Chemical & Environmental Engr)

Tucson, AZ
Oct 16, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Research Professional II (Chemical & Environmental Engr) Posting Numberreq2852 DepartmentChemical & Environmental Engr Department Website Link LocationMain Campus AddressTucson, AZ USA Position Highlights

A Research Professional level II position is available as part of a Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP, Department of Defense) project focused on the (bio) remediation of new munitions compounds. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, under the direction of Dr. Jim A. Field. The scientist will be responsible for conducting experiments, writing technical reports and peer-reviewed papers, and guiding the day-to-day work of graduate and undergraduate students. Competitive candidates will have a strong background and research experience in the fields of contaminant chemistry, contaminant (bio) transformation, environmental microbiology, and excellent communication skills. The candidate will join an existing project research team that includes environmental engineering and science faculty, another research professional, and graduate and undergraduate students.This is a year-to-year appointment. Position continuation is based on budget availability and satisfactory performance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Designing and carrying out research activities of the grant.
  • Perform chemical degradation experiments.
  • Carry out analysis of research samples using advanced analytical techniques.
  • Maintain microbial cultures used in the research.
  • Contribute to report writing for funding sponsors.
  • Help oversee a team of graduate and undergraduate research assistants to conduct the studies, including all stages of the process from maintaining and organizing the data as well as executing, documenting and validating the measurements
  • Ensuring that project deadlines are met including the submission of project reports and development of project presentations.
  • Together with the research team, prepare and submit scientific papers to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in environmental science/engineering, civil engineering, (bio) chemical engineering or related field, or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of work related experience.
  • Strong research experience in the area of (bio) transformation of environmental contaminants
  • Experience with the characterization and maintenance of microbial cultures.
  • Experience with LC/MS-MS and common analytical techniques for the quantification of environmental contaminants (e.g. ion chromatography, HPLC-DAD).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience operating laboratory-scale physico-chemical and biological reactors for wastewater treatment.
  • Experience with the maintenance of anaerobic microbial cultures.
  • Experience conducting microbial inhibition assays.
FLSAExempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryResearchBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay$50,000 - $58,343 (DOE) Compensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Grade7 Career Stream and LevelPC2Job FamilyResearchers & Scientists Job FunctionResearch Type of criminal background check required:Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies1 Target Hire Date1/3/2021 Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesDr. James Field
[email protected]
Open Date10/15/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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