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Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow

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The University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewThe KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) is currently accepting applications for a two-year Research/Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship. Unlike postdoctoral positions that focus almost exclusively on research, this Fellowship is structured to prepare the Postdoctoral Fellow with the broader skill sets required for an academic career path, including both research and teaching in a balanced way. It is also expected that the Fellow will be committed to increasing diversity in academia in the chemical sciences.

During the first year, the Fellow will focus on expanding their research skills (~75%), while working alongside CEBC faculty and staff to assist with course development, professional development and outreach activities (~25%).

In the second year, the Fellow will continue research (~50%) but will expand teaching and mentoring experiences, with opportunities to guest lecture or co-teach in courses taught by CEBC faculty (~50%).

For this position, potential research topics include the following:
  1. Reaction engineering, including detailed modeling and experimental characterization of novel reactor designs, multi-phase catalytic systems, and complex reaction kinetics;
  2. Design, synthesis, and characterization of homogeneous, heterogeneous, or enzymatic catalysts for a wide variety of chemistries;
  3. Advanced spectroscopic measurements and surface science, including development of in situ or operando experiments;
  4. Theoretical chemistry and molecular modeling of reaction mechanisms, condensed phases, or novel porous materials;
  5. Engineering tunable solvents (e.g., supercritical fluids, gas-expanded liquids, and ionic liquids) as reaction media or for energy-efficient separations;
  6. Design and evaluation of chemical processes, including plant-scale simulations (Aspen/HYSYS), and environmental sustainability assessments (LCA)

Ideal candidates will have experience in one or more of these areas, and will be able to effectively collaborate with team members working in the other topical areas.
Job Description40% - Conduct research in one of the topical areas mentioned above.

35% - Under CEBC faculty mentorship, develop and teach or co-teach course(s) at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

10% - Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations as warranted by the chosen research project. Provide mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students, and other postdoctoral researchers as needed.

10% - Participate in CEBC’s Lab Safety program; diversity equity and inclusion initiatives; professional development; and educational outreach activities.

5% - Publish and report the results of CEBC research in peer-reviewed journals and at professional meetings, protecting any intellectual property stemming from research Required QualificationsCandidates will be evaluated on the candidate’s research experience and communication skills, as evidenced by (i) a resume and cover letter, (ii) prior research publications and/or patent applications, (iii) references, and (iv) interview.
  1. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or closely related discipline
  2. Research experience in one or more of the listed topical areas, as demonstrated through conference presentations, publications, or patent applications
  3. Demonstrated commitment, through lived experience or documented activities, to enhancing diversity in STEM fields in academia
  4. Effective written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated by application materials and interview

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion activities
  2. Demonstrated research accomplishments in at least one area among green chemistry and engineering, renewable monomer synthesis and plastics deconstruction
Additional Candidate InstructionsOnly complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete
application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

Application review begins on June 27 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received. Contact Information to ApplicantsNancy Crisp, [email protected]
Advertised Salary Range$54,000 minimum; commensurate with qualifications Work ScheduleM-F 8a-5p Application Review Begins27-Jun-2022 Anticipated Start Date01-Aug-2022

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Working at the University of Kansas 

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The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

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The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

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The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

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KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

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Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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