We are seeking a post-doc with a PhD in environmental engineering/chemistry or closely related field to work across multiple water/air laboratories to develop and apply instrumentation/methodologies for organic, metal, nanomaterial pollutants and natural organic matter. The position is supported by two centers (NSF and EPA) and internal university support aimed at creating a service-focused culture to help 10-15 PhD students in their research and to create new instrumentation platforms. For example, we are interested in 1) novel analytical approaches to couple separation systems with split detectors (ICP-MS, LC-MS, on-line TOC, etc), 2) development of nano-material detection platforms to expand those we already apply for metals (sp-ICP-MS) and carbon (modified OC/EC), 3) trace organic pollutants ranging from disinfection by-products including nitrosamines to identification of unknowns and pharmaceuticals that may appear in water or aerosols. The candidate would work closely with Profs. Westerhoff (Engineering) and Herckes (Chemistry) in a series of joint laboratory neighborhoods. The position would also involve working with local industrial consortium members interested in expanding their analytical resources to support knowledge and product development. Therefore, excellent communication skills are needed. The expectation will be to publish peer reviewed articles as a first author, although extensive collaborative papers with PhD students are also a natural consequence. There will be opportunities to assist in proposal development, and the post-doctoral position could evolve into a research scientist or research assistant professor position after two years.
Interested candidates should send to Paul Westerhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org) a resume, list of 3 potential references with contact information, and a 1-2 page cover letter describing how their interests match with the above description. Applications will be reviewed starting May 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled with an excellent candidate.