Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Position Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Vacancy ID:



Envir Sciences and Engineering - 463001

Position Type:

Postdoctoral Scholar

Salary Range:



Full Time

Proposed Start Date:


Estimated Duration of Appointment:

12 Months

Posting Open Date:


Posting Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Work Location:

Chapel Hill, NC

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will perform research on the development, modification, materials characterization, and testing of membranes for water purification as part of the activities of the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) ( The goal of the UNC SRP is to develop new solutions, interventions and treatments to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and other inorganic arsenic-associated diseases. The removal of arsenic and other contaminants from water using membrane technology is one such intervention. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with engineers, chemists and material scientists, and will interact and learn from the broader UNC SRP team which includes, among others, toxicologists, health scientists, and science communicators. Specific activities by the postdoctoral researcher will include –but not be limited to– the preparation, testing, and characterization of membranes for the removal of target contaminants. In addition to research activities, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, proposal writing, and other related academic activities as part of her/his postdoctoral training.

The position is anticipated to begin in Spring 2021, for duration of one year, with possibility of extension to a second year and third year, depending on satisfactory performance.

Educational Requirements:

Required qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, environmental, science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, or a closely related field.

Qualifications and Experience:

Required qualifications for this position are a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, environmental, science, chemical engineering, civil engineering, or a closely related field.

Preferred qualifications include: An established record of research productivity is highly desired. Preference will be given to candidates with experience on membrane technology, broadly speaking, and other water purification technologies. Experience in the analysis of contaminants in water (e.g., metals, micropollutants, emerging contaminants) and/or (organic/polymer) material synthesis will be seen favorably but is not required.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special Instructions:

Interested candidates should provide an application package containing: (i) a cover letter, (2) a CV, (3) list of references (at least 2); and (4) two representative research products. Interested applicants should apply directly at the following link TBA. Applicants are encouraged to submit any inquiries directly to Dr. Orlando Coronell ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Job No:
Posted: 11/30/2020
Application Due: 12/10/2020
Work Type: Full Time