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Postdoctoral Researcher in Membrane Science
University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Date Posted August 10, 2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Number: NC1768P

Position Number: 16132

Department: Chemical Engineering

About the University


Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation's top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation's strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Job Type: Staff

Summary of Job Duties


The Postdoctoral Researcher in Membrane Science will be responsible for experimental research activities to develop novel nanocomposite membranes for water filtration applications as well as experimental research activities focused on understanding water chemistry related to membrane filtration. This position will be responsible for materials characterization and data analysis for techniques including SEM, FTIR, XPS, and XRD.

The Postdoctoral Researcher in Membrane Science will also be responsible for proposal writing, reviewing documents, editing/checking documents, contributing to proposal development, project report, and paper writing/editing. This position will also be responsible for lab organization and management of students/space and equipment ordering/maintenance. The Postdoctoral Researcher in Membrane Science will also participate in collaborative research projects and conduct preliminary/key experiments needed for proposals. The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Office suite, Origin graphing software

  • Documented research experience in publications and/or patent applications in membrane synthesis, characterization, and testing

  • Expertise with graphene oxide synthesis, handling, and characterization

  • Expertise with polymeric membrane synthesis

  • Laboratory experience in a wet chemistry lab - nanoparticle/nanomaterial synthesis; nanoparticle handling; nanoparticle characterization; catalyst testing; electrochemical testing methods; spectroscopy

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)?

Preferred Qualifications

  • Three to four publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Electrochemical cell design and configuration experience

  • Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry experience

  • Electrochemical data analysis experience

  • Experience with water chemistry research

  • Nanomaterials synthesis expertise

  • Aqueous component analysis experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Laboratory knowledge and experience in a wet chemistry lab - membrane synthesis; graphene oxide synthesis; nanoparticle synthesis; nanoparticle handling; nanoparticle characterization; catalyst testing; electrochemical testing methods; spectroscopy; electrochemical cell design

  • Knowledge and experience with proposal writing and proposal document preparation

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Origin graphing software skills

  • Ability and experience in preparing and presenting oral presentations and posters

  • Ability to work in a team environment and to work collaboratively with all levels of researchers

  • Ability to establish new connections, network, and solve problems independently

  • Ability and experience in mentoring students

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing

  • Crouching

  • Kneeling

  • Lifting

  • Pulling

  • Pushing

  • Stooping

  • Talking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding

  • Grasping

  • Reaching

  • Sitting

  • Standing

  • Walking


  • Feeling

  • Hearing

Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes. Employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, general laborer, lab personnel, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities or structures (i.e., security guard).

Physical Conditions
The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials., The employee is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation., The worker is required to function in narrow aisles or passageways., None. The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible: No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.

Work Location/Building: Fayetteville Campus - Bell Engineering Center / Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Appointment Percent: 100

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Types of Background Checks Required
National criminal background and registered sex offender check

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Close Date: 03/12/2020

Open Until Filled

Recruitment Contact Information

University of Arkansas Human Resources

ADMN 222

(479) 575-5351


All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Hiring Location: 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting: No

Work Location
Fayetteville, AR

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