Research Professional I (Chemical & Environmental Engr)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Chemical & Environmental Engr

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

A Research Professional I position is available as part of a Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP, Department of Defense) project focused on remediation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) using novel and conventional sorbents. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona, and an environmental consulting industry partner. Under the direction of Dr. Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, the research professional will be responsible for conducting experiments, writing technical reports, and supervising student workers. Competitive candidates will have a strong background and research experience in the fields of water treatment, contaminant chemistry and mass spectrometry, and excellent communication skills. The candidate will join an existing project research team that includes environmental engineering and science faculty, another postdoc, and graduate and undergraduate students. The initial one-year contract might be extended for an additional year with satisfactory performance.

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:

  • Perform independent studies in assigned research areas. Carry out analysis of research samples using advanced techniques and validate the measurements.
  • Perform and monitor experiments to investigate the sorptive removal of PFAS in contaminated water and to elucidate the adsorption mechanisms of PFAS on the engineered sorbents using molecular spectroscopic methods.
  • Assist with the preparation of technical reports.
  • Assist with the supervision of undergraduate students.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, environmental science, chemistry or related fields.
  • Demonstrated research experience in the field of water treatment.
  • Prior experience performing analysis of environmental concentrations of PFAS in complex aqueous matrices using solid phase extraction and HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry.
  • Experience with material characterization techniques (FTIR, BET specific surface area, zeta potential; particles size analysis).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research experience in the field of contaminant removal using adsorptive processes with activated carbon, ion exchange resins or other adsorbents.
  • Experience with polymer synthesis.
  • Experience supervising the day-to-day work of student workers.
  • Experience working both independently and within collaborative teams.
  • Two years of relevant research experience required.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:

$37,506 - $52,092 (DOE)

Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


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Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Dr. Reyes Sierra-Alvarez
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter highlighting their relevance experience and research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of two references with email addresses.

Diversity Statement:

At 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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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