Nanotechnologies for Chemical Separation

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Associate
Job Institution: 
North Carolina State University
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a multidisciplinary research team focused on innovative nano-based solutions for resource recovery. The position is part of a newly formed Game Changing Research Initiative Program (GRIP) at NC State ( titled Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology. The broad initiative seeks to develop new materials, membranes, and separation processes to more efficiently produce drinking water from seawater (desalination), reclaim clean water from wastewater and locally impaired sources (wastewater treatment and point-of-use treatment), and to recover contaminants of value from water (resource recovery).

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the topic of chemical separation for resource recovery, with an initial focus on phosphorous. The primary experimental work involves developing and applying methodologies for evaluating the efficacy of nano-sorbents developed within the team. The postdoctoral researcher will work in the Environmental Engineering research laboratories and collaborate with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines including materials science, chemical engineering, textile engineering, and forest biomaterials. Specific duties include: 1) performing lab-scale sorption tests using a variety of commercially available and newly synthesized nano-sorbents, 2) characterizing nano-sorbents, 3) contributing to a separate research effort on the effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on buried infrastructure, 4) assisting with maintenance and calibration of analytical equipment to determine phosphorous and VOC concentrations, 5) mentoring undergraduate students working on related topics, and 6) assisting in the development of proposals.

Applicants should have a PhD. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. In addition, a strong record in experimental nanotechnology methods and lab techniques is required. Strong preference will be given to candidates with a proven publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals. Experience with nanoparticle synthesis and characterization is an advantage. This position includes a competitive salary and benefits. The postdoc will work under the direct supervision of Drs. Detlef Knappe ( and Douglas Call ( The one-year position is available starting February 1, 2017. Renewal is contingent upon availability of funds and performance.

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NC State is strategically located in Raleigh, one of the fastest growing and best cities for careers in the US (, and minutes away from the Research Triangle Park (, home to numerous environmental technology industries and researchers, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and Veolia Water.