Opening for a Post-doctoral Researcher in Geochemistry - CO2 Sequestration - LIBS
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (US DOE-NETL) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is seeking to fill an opening for a post-doctoral researcher in CO2 Sequestration within the Environmental Engineering & Science Management group of CMU.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and is part of DOE’s national laboratory system. NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. NETL implements a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development programs. It is the leading national laboratory in advancing our energy options (e.g. CO2 sequestration, natural oil and gas exploitation, etc.) and improving our environment. For more information, visit: http://www.netl.doe.gov/index.html
The position will assist in the development of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technique to determine the impact of CO2 on degradation of well cement in the high temperature – high pressure down-hole environment; develop real-time measurements (in-situ) of ionic constituents in liquid samples within pressurized cells; develop and apply online measurements of the ion species in the carbonated brine before, during, and after the experiments; possibly coupling LIBS/RAMAN for environmental sensing in regards to CO2/CH4 monitoring; and, assist with real-time measurements of major elements in CO2 saturated brines for the determination of mineral dissolution rates. This position will also involve the collaboration with researchers at national laboratories, give presentations, prepare reports and proposals, and travel to conferences or professional meetings.
Preferred Experience & Skills:
Excellent analytical problem solving skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with proposal writing; experience with technical writing and presentations. Three or more scientific journal publications demonstrating applications of these skills and demonstrated experience with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Experience with Raman spectroscopy is a plus.
The position is available immediately. The initial appointment will be for one year with the expectation of renewal upon mutual consent. Interested candidates should send a cover letter (one page or less) summarizing their qualifications and research interests, complete academic CV and at least three names of references (along with their contact information) to: Dr. Thanasis Karamalidis (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 412-268-1175), Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Applications must be submitted at http://www.cmu.edu/jobs/index.html (view posting #9158).
Application review begins immediately and will continue until candidates are selected. The research will be conducted at NETL’s Research & Development facilities in Pittsburgh, PA. The appointee must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance. EEO/AA.