Anaerobic Bioprocesses and Electrochemical Separations

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Scholar
Job Institution: 
Northwestern University
Job Description: 

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Bioenergy Production from Organic Wastes

 The Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position.  The successful candidate will contribute to and oversee a new research project related to biopower production via renewable methane generation from organic wastes. The successful candidate will work at the interface of electrochemical separations and environmental bioprocess engineering to achieve this goal. In addition to independent research activities, the candidate will supervise graduate students, prepare project reports and journal articles, and communicate results at national and international conferences.   Work will occur at Northwestern University and at Argonne National Laboratory.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Microbiology, or related fields is required.  The following skills are desirable but not required in the ideal candidate: 1) experience in the design and operation of mixed-culture microbial anaerobic bioprocesses; 2) knowledge or experience in electrochemistry of electrolysis/ electrodialysis operation (e.g. H2 electrolyzer, electrochemical CO2 capture); and/or 3) Knowledge of tools to evaluate system sustainability such as life cycle analysis. Knowledge and experience with mathematical process modeling and tools to evaluate system sustainability such as life cycle analysis is a plus.  This project will involve lab-scale process testing with synthetic and then real waste streams, and will include collaboration with a number of other universities and a Water Resource Recovery Facility.

The anticipated starting date for the position is in July 2021, or as soon as a suitable candidate is identified thereafter.  Applications will be reviewed as received with an interest in an early appointment.  The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of extending to a second year depending on performance and availability of funds. The salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  To apply, please email a cover letter describing research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and if available 2 representative peer-reviewed publications to Yupo Lin ( and George Wells ( Please send applications as a single pdf file. 

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.