Post Doctoral Researcher on Algal Membrane Photobioreactor

Monday, April 25, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Job Institution: 
University of South Florida
Job Description: 

The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida is seeking a highly-motivated postdoc to work on a new NSF PFI:AIR-TT project -  Passive membrane photobioreactor for cultivation and harvesting of algal biomass and sustainable nutrient management - to further develop a patent-pending algae technology termed ICARUS.  The position is available starting summer 2016.  For project description please see

Duties and responsibilities:  The post-doctoral researcher will work with Dr. Daniel Yeh (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Jose Zayas-Castro (Industrial and Management Systems Engineering) on ICARUS prototype development and testing (lab and field) and path to commercialization.  The postdoc will also have the opportunity to be engaged with other ongoing MBR projects.

Qualifications: We are particularly looking for applicants with research experience in the areas of pilot system design, fabrication and operation; system controls and automation; sensor networks and DAQ; autonomous instrumentation; and 3-D prototyping.  Experience with membrane technology, algae cultivation and wastewater treatment is a plus.  Applicant must have a can-do attitude to get hands dirty, a spirit of innovation and sense of adventure, demonstrated resourcefulness, and willingness to pursue high risk/high reward research that is unconventional with elements of uncertainty.  In addition, applicants should: 1) have completed by the start date all requirements for either a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering (or a related discipline) with a specialization in Biological Processes, or Electrical/Computer Engineering on autonomous systems or sensor networks; 2) demonstrate ability to design, fabricate, operate, sample and analyze data from bench and pilot-scale reactors; 3) be willing and able to conduct field work (including bioreactor deployment, troubleshooting and sampling) in challenging outdoor environments (i.e., wastewater treatment facility in the Florida heat); 4) have a valid driver’s license; 5) have ability to serve as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, 6) have an excellent publication record; 7) be willing to assist the PIs with proposal writing, publishing and teaching.

About USF: The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. According to NSF, USF ranks 25th in total research expenditures among public U.S. universities.  USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and has ranked in the Top 15 worldwide among all universities for U.S. patents granted for the past five years.  Serving more than 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletics Conference (AAC). The University of South Florida’s Tampa campus is located in the vibrant Tampa Bay region known for a variety of cultural and recreational activities that provide an outstanding quality of life.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is based on qualifications.  The appointment is for one year but may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability.  Health insurance benefits will be offered through the USF Post-Doctoral Scholar Health Insurance Program. 

How to Apply: Applicants must provide a cover letter describing how their interest and skills match with the above description, CV, statement of career intent, and names and contact information for 3 professional references.  Application materials may be submitted to Dr. Daniel Yeh (   Applications will be reviewed starting May 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled with an excellent candidate.