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Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati has embarked upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled academic, research and athletic momentum. As the global founder of cooperative education, UC remains a world-class leader in experience-based learning. U.S. News & World Report ranks UC’s co-op program in the Top 4 in the country, while the National Science Foundation places UC at No. 33 among America’s public research universities. A dynamic campus life environment boasts a diverse student body of nearly 47,000, what The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country,” and a history-making athletics program that has earned the respect of the Big 12 Conference.

Job OverviewThe position will focus on the synthesis of advanced sorbents for nutrient recovery with special focus on water used in agricultural activities and process unit operations for water reuse. The selected applicant will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic environment and collaborate with other researchers in the area of water reuse using non-conventional waters as part of the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) hub funded by the Department of Energy ( The initial appointment is for one year, but is renewable depending continued funding. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou at the Univ. of Cincinnati but will have the opportunity to collaborate with Drs. Thomas Borch and Jim Ippolito (Colorado State University), Dr. Brennan Pecha (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)), Dr. Amy McKenna (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL), Dr. Susan Crow (University of Hawaii), and Mr. Jim Mothersbaugh (CEO – WaterTectonics).

The University of Cincinnati (UC) is a major urban public research university with a diverse community. UC has a total annual research funding of over $200M and a student enrollment of ~46,000 students. UC has been named "Among the top tier of the Best National Universities," according to U.S. News & World Report. More about UC: The University offers a competitive salary and benefits including health insurance ( as well as plenty of opportunities for mentoring and career advancement for future placement in academia, industry, or the government sector.

Essential Functions
  • Duties include synthesis of selective sorbents, advanced materials synthesis and characterization, expertise in water treatment and purification processes, and technoeconomic analysis. Skills and experience include synthesis of selective sorbents, advanced materials synthesis and characterization, analytical chemistry and spectroscopic techniques, expertise in water treatment and purification processes, and technoeconomic analysis. Experience with analysis of materials in advanced materials characterization centers (i.e., Synchrotron) is highly welcomed.
  • Conduct research experiments in a particular field within the pre-determined research scope and methodology.
  • Gather and analyze data and develop new ideas that promote current research.
  • Prepare data summaries, reports, manuscripts and presentations of research results.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentation; may assist in grant writing.
  • Keep informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies, as needed.
  • May teach techniques to others, train, and mentor junior research staff.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
  • Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty supervisor and from other faculty members as well.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.
Required Education

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related engineering area prior to the appointment.

Required Experience
  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field, process or discipline.
  • May require experience with specialized software programs.
Additional Qualifications Considered
    Experience in data analysis and systems modeling. Fluency in English (excellent scientific writing skills and oral communication)The ability to organize and analyze data, and disseminate research findings in peer-reviewed journals and in conferences are essential. Applicants should be present in the U.S. and be eligible to begin working upon successful background check by the University of Cincinnati and approval by the funding agency.
Application Process

To be considered for this position, applicants must complete the online application process. Please upload the following under the 'Additional Documents' section of the application:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references.

For additional information applicants are encouraged to directly contact the Principal Investigator: Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou, Ph.D., Email: [email protected]

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Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

REQ: 79082


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