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Post Doc Fellow, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

Job OverviewThe Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati (UC) is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in chemical fate, exposure, and risk assessment modeling. The candidate will be involved with evaluating current risk assessment models for determining the fate, transport, and exposure of contaminants in biosolids amended soils. This research will include soil fate (sorption and biodegradation), plant uptake, leaching to groundwater, and surface runoff. The candidate should be familiar with soil physical, chemical, and biological processes.

This research is part of a larger project: Unregulated Organic Chemicals in Biosolids: Prioritization, Fate and Risk Evaluation for Land Application funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and managed by the Water Research Foundation (WRF). The applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary, multi-university team (UC-Riverside, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati) evaluating the risk of contaminants in biosolids amended soils. This collaboration will provide unique opportunities to engage in research that will help inform policies and decisions on the risk of chemical in biosolids amended to soil. Successful candidates will show a strong interest in conducting collaborative research and the desire to contribute to a large team.

Essential Functions
  • Conduct research 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.
  • Evaluate and develop mathematical risk models for contaminant exposure in soil systems.
  • 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. This job description can be changed at any time.
Minimum Requirements
  • Applicants should have a Ph.D. in either Environmental Engineering, Plant and Soil Science, or a related field.
  • A strong background in soil chemistry, plant physiology, and mathematical modeling is desired.
  • A proven publication record on these topics in leading peer-reviewed journals is also desired.
  • Experience with a programming language like VBA is ideal.
  • The successful candidate should also have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Application Process

Interested applicants should submit an application and include:

  • Cover letter detailing interests and qualifications.
  • Full CV.
  • Contact information for three (3) references.

Applicants will be reviewed immediately, and the review process will continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Dr. Drew C. McAvoy ([email protected]) for inquiries about the position.

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: 89201


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