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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 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 340,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public 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, nine straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion. The University’s overall regional economic impact exceeds $10.6 billion, paving the way for the future of Cincinnati.

Job Overview

The extensive global utilization of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across several decades has led to their profound impact on aquatic environments. Developing innovative approaches for effectively eliminating PFAS presents a significant challenge and an opportunity to enhance our comprehension of the underlying chemistry involved in degrading these distinctive compounds. The Chae group at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, is actively seeking a motivated and collaborative post-doctoral scholar to undertake the following responsibilities: 1) Synthesizing FeSO3 redox materials, 2) Assessing these materials' characteristics and gauging their technological efficacy, 3) Conducting a comprehensive analysis of PFAS transformation byproducts utilizing cutting-edge mass spectrometry techniques, and 4) Validating the effectiveness of the integrated treatment system using samples from groundwater, retentate water from membranes, water from ion exchange resin regeneration, and aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF)-impacted waters.

Essential Functions
  • Design and execute experiments related to the research topic.
  • Write technical reports and scientific papers for peer-reviewed journals.
  • Assist in writing grant proposals to achieve funding goals for future research.
  • Train graduate students on experimental methods.
Required Education

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or expect to finish their Ph.D. shortly) in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related discipline.

Required Experience
  • In-depth knowledge of specialized field, process or discipline.
  • May require experience with specialized software programs.
Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Demonstrated practical written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to train graduate students with necessary experimental skills.
  • Independent work capability with minimal supervision and direction.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
  • 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.

    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).

    To learn more about why UC is a great place to work, please visit our careers page at

    For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at

    The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    REQ: 95902



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