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Postdoctoral Fellow in Reactor Design and Optimization for Chemical Deconstruction of Waste Plastics
Michigan Technological University

Date Posted Apr. 23, 2020
Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Reactor Design and Optimization for Chemical Deconstruction of Waste Plastics
University Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI, United States
Department Chemical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Expected June 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Polymer Science
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
We are accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow interested in the study of chemical deconstruction of waste plastics prior to microbial upgrading. The multi-disciplinary project will center on construction of novel chemical deconstruction reactors and optimization of processing conditions.

Essential Duties:
•     Design and construct custom reactors for deconstructing waste plastics
•     Analyze reaction products using HPLC/GC-MS/etc.
•     Optimize reactor design and processing conditions for target outputs
•     Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals
•     Collaborate with other team members and mentor undergraduate and graduate students

Essential Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:
•     Ph.D. in engineering or a related field (chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields will be considered)
•     Significant prior background and expertise in reactor/equipment construction and process optimization
•     Demonstrated initiative and ability to develop and conduct independent research projects
•     Demonstrated proficient communication skills (spoken and written English)
•     Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively as part of a team and mentor students

Desired Qualifications:
•     Additional experience with fluid dynamic modeling or microbial culturing is a plus, but not required

The position will be located at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested applicants should submit the following to Dr. Rebecca Ong (Email: rgong1 at mtu dot edu):

•     A detailed CV with full publication list
•     A cover letter describing your relevant qualifications and interest in the project
•     Contact information for at least three references

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

  • Rebecca Ong
    Chemical Engineering
    Michigan Technological University
    1400 Townsend Dr.
    Houghton, MI 49931


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