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Post-Doctoral Scholar
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Aug. 13, 2022
Title Post-Doctoral Scholar
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department Institute of Carbon Management (ICM)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemical/Petroleum

Job Title: Post-Doctoral Scholar

Department: Institute of Carbon Management (ICM)

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Position Start Date:  Available immediately.

Job Category:  Post-Doctoral Scholar

Field(s): Chemical engineering or similar field

Subject: Seeking qualified candidate for a post-doctoral research position in the continuous production of metastable CaCO3.

Job Description:


The Institute for Carbon Management (ICM) is a cross-campus technology-translation entity at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). ICM translates pioneering carbon management solutions from the (laboratory) bench-scale to pre-commercial/commercial-scale devices, prototypes, and (software) solutions. ICM's activities span two major focus areas:


  • Technologies for carbon dioxide removal (from the atmosphere), utilization, and avoidance, and
  • Technologies for creating new supply chains, and processing approaches for critical materials and elements (e.g., Li, Ni, Co, Mn, Mo) that are foundational to accelerating the clean energy transition, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of extractive processes.


ICM is organized into action teams that are convergent, agile, and world-class. Prominently, these action teams have enabled ICM-born technologies to be awarded the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, and the 2021 Liveability Challenge, among others. ICM's technologies are now being commercialized via spin-out companies including CarbonBuilt Inc., Concrete-AI Inc., and SeaChange Inc.


Role Description:


ICM is seeking an experienced innovator to join its latest cutting-edge action team with the potential for carbon removal at a global scale. This position will design and perform process intensification for the pilot scale mineralization of CO2. The ideal candidate seeks project

ownership and desires growing a technology from prototype to functional pilot plant. The position will collaborate closely with a team of dedicated researchers and industry professionals who are impact-driven and results-focused.


The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, fulfill project administration functions, and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals and can respond to deliverable timelines as are typical in “academia-industry” collaborative research. All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration, but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide (as PDFs) to the contacts noted below: a detailed resume, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests and contact information for three referees in support of your application.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the aqueous phase mineralization reaction to inform a process design for continuous operation.
  • Develop a commercially relevant-scale process for the continuous production of metastable CaCO3
  • Perform process simulations to optimize the relevant operating parameters
  • Design and execute technical and techno-economic evaluations to improve process efficiency
  • Establish accelerated testing protocols to optimize reactor cycle life and durability
  • Identify and effectively communicate barriers and bottlenecks


Required Qualifications:


  • PhD in chemical or material engineering or a similar field.
  • Experience in performing process simulations using ASPEN.
  • Experience in reaction engineering and aqueous phase chemistry.
  • Prior experience in developing technologies from bench- to field-scale
  • A self-starter who collaborates effectively, communicates clearly, and drives progress
  • Strong communication skills to clearly report challenges and ask for precise guidance.

  • The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace (

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Contact Information

  • Jenny Arabit
    Chemical and Biomolecular Enginering
    University of California, Los Angeles
    405 Hilgard Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90095


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