Postdoctoral Associate - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Employer
Rice University
Location
Texas, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Engineering, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time


Position Summary

This position is for the Brine Chemistry Consortium of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University. BCC is a joint industrial research project supported by the oil and gas industries (https://bcc.rice.edu/). The individual will conduct experimental and computation research in oilfield scale control of mineral salts. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in experimental research, be versed in aquatic and geochemistry, be self-motivated, and be genuinely interested in academic and industrial research. Strong background in physical chemistry, flow dynamics, geochemistry, aquatic chemistry, and computation is desired. The candidate shall also demonstrate strong communication skills in research presentations.

We are seeking candidates who have demonstrated ability to lead and/or work collaboratively in teams comprised of individuals of diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives.

We seek greater representation of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines in which they have historically been underrepresented; to attract international students from a wider range of countries and backgrounds; to accelerate progress in building a faculty and staff who are diverse in background and thought; and we support an inclusive environment that fosters interaction and understanding within our diverse community.

The George R. Brown School of Engineering ranks among the top 20 of undergraduate engineering programs (US News & World Report) and is strongly committed to nurturing the aspirations of faculty, staff and students in an inclusive environment.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Essential Functions
  • Develops a mechanistic understanding of the thermodynamics and modeling of mineral scale formation and the kinetic factors that may influence the scale formation
  • Develops the theory and relation of how the mineral scale formation interferes with corrosion and how it plays a role in infrastructure integrity
  • Explores the impact of surface-active chemicals on controlling both scale and corrosion and develop a model to predict the dosage required under various operational conditions
  • Studies the impact of fluid dynamics with scale formation and inhibition
  • Develops the understanding of mineral CO2 interaction during carbon sequestration and enhanced oil recovery
  • Publishes papers and present findings at national and international conferences
  • Mentors and trains junior research team members, such as Ph.D. candidates
  • Assists with proposal development to obtain research funding
  • Supports project management and collaboration across institutions of BCC sponsors
  • Perform all other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering, geochemistry, or related field
  • No experience required
  • Skills Required
    • Deep understanding of surface and interfacial interaction of mineral/chemical and surfaces
    • Familiarity with advanced surface instrumentation and analysis, such as electron microscopes, X Rays, dynamic light scattering, and Synchrotron facility
    • Strong background in aquatic electrolyte theory, chemical reaction kinetics, Redox reactions, fluid dynamics, computer software modeling and coding, and statistics
    • Strong background in physical chemistry, flow dynamics, geochemistry, aquatic chemistry and computation
    • Demonstrate strong communication skill in research presentation
    • Possess a strong background in experimental research
    • Self-motivated and genuinely interested in academic and industrial research
    • Strong listening and verbal communication skills and ability to present in group meetings and conferences
    • Enthusiasm for leadership, assisting team members and creating a collaborative working environment
    • Ability to work independently, collaboratively and professionally
    • Strong written communication and understanding of manuscript and peer review process
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies

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