Environmental/polymer chemistry

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoc associate
Job Institution: 
Villanova University
Job Description: 

One postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University under the supervision of Prof. Wenqing Xu. The successful candidate will employ a tunable polymer membrane system to understand what surface properties best support microbial networks for the dechlorination process. The candidate is expected to assist in the training and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, assisting with the preparation of project reports, and disseminating results in journal publications and conferences. Teaching opportunities can be arranged if the candidate desires.

The ideal candidate must have: (1) a Ph.D. degree in environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, polymer engineering, or related fields; (2) experience in using analytical instruments (IC, UPLC, GC/MS/MS and Q-TOF-MS); (3) experience in material/polymer synthesis, surface functionalization, and characterization (FT-IR, XPS, TEM); (4) a strong track record of refereed journal publications; and (5) ability to work independently and highly motivated; (6) strong written and oral communication skills.

THe position is aviable IMMEDIATELY with the possibility of extending the position for another year upon satisfactory performance. Interested candidates should submit their applications as one single pdf file (Postdoc_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf) containing: (1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s expertise meets the position requirements listed above, and including a short statement of career goals; (2) a CV; (3) two research papers (published, under review, or in preparation) in peer-reviewed journals to highlight the candidate’s qualification, and (4) a list of three references (names, affiliations, and full contact information with email). Please contact Dr. Wenqing Xu at wenqing.xu@villanova.edu for application submissions and any relevant questions. Review process will start immediately until the position is filled.