Solar Thermochemistry Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Job Description:

ASU LightWorks® and Professors Ellen B. Stechel, James E. Miller, and Ivan Ermanoski invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the area of solar thermochemistry. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be taking a role in projects involving solar thermochemical water and carbon dioxide splitting (solar fuels), thermochemical energy storage, and chemical production. The role will also encompass activities such as detailed engineering modeling and analysis of unit operations including chemical reaction, heat transfer, and separations; thermodynamic analysis of chemical systems; technoeconomic analysis; design, construction, and characterization of novel thermochemical systems; and redox active materials development including synthesis, characterization and evaluation of chemically reactive behavior.

Essential Duties:

  • Experimental design and implementation, data analysis, report/manuscript preparation, and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students.

  • Assist writing research proposals and seeking future funding.

  • Coordinating among team members, which will be essential for achieving project milestones.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. (within the past four years) in chemical or mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Practical experience in at least one of the following, solar thermochemistry and concentrating solar power technology, construction and operation of high temperature systems including heterogeneous reactor systems, systems modeling and engineering, and computational fluid dynamics or thermodynamics, is highly desired;

  • Familiarity with and competence in the design, assembly and operation of laboratory reactor systems, and the synthesis of oxides and/or nitrides and with standard materials characterization techniques including gas chemisorption, surface area analysis, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, and x-ray diffraction;

  • Experience with the development and/or optimization of new reactive materials or processes will also be considered an asset;

  • Demonstrated motivation and aptitude for learning and taking on new challenges, collaboration, and clearly and carefully documenting results in the scientific literature is desired;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • The candidate must be able to work effectively in a team environment, and effectively balance parallel work on several different projects.

instructions to Apply:

Please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials: 

  1. Cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Statement of current research interests and expertise (2-page maximum);
  4. Three professional references with contact information;
  5. Two or more peer-reviewed publications.

Include "Solar Thermochemistry Postdoc" in the email subject line. Initial review of applications will begin March 1, 2019; As long as the position is not filled, a review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

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