The National Energy Technology Laboratory (US DOE-NETL) and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University are seeking to fill an opening for a post-doctoral researcher in Shale Gas exploration within the Environmental Engineering, Sustainability & Science group of CMU. The position will assist in identifying different classes of organic compounds in shale, shale fracking fluids, or produced waters related to unconventional gas development, and generate new knowledge about the fate of these organic compounds in subsurface environments. Tracking the fate of selected compounds can lead to a better understanding of the interaction between hydraulic fracturing fluids and the shale. The position requires a strong organic analytical chemistry background, good understanding of and experience with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) instrumentation. Familiarity with electrochemistry and redox reactions of organic compounds is also highly desirable. This position will also involve coordination of efforts between researchers at national laboratories and the University, preparation of reports and proposals, and travel to conferences or professional meetings to present research results.
- Education: M.S. in chemistry, physical engineering, environmental engineering, chemical engineering or a closely related engineering field, or an equivalent combination of experience and education
- Experience: One or more years related experience
- Skills: Knowledge and understanding of environmental and organic chemistry, and instrumental analysis. Ability to estimate schedules and meet deadlines. Possess excellent oral and written English communication skills.
- Physical Mobility: Ability to travel to various campus locations. Ability to travel and present scholarly work at conferences, workshops, and professional meetings.
- Environmental Conditions: Laboratory environment; extensive work in a standing position.
- Mental: Ability to deal with multiple tasks and changing priorities.
- Other: Ability to work well in a self-paced, independent manner, while working well in cooperation with team members and partners; strong interpersonal skills to communicate and coordinate with other partners at other locations. Must be committed to meeting project deadlines. Occasional trips to present results at meetings are required.
- Education: PhD in chemistry, physical engineering, environmental engineering or a closely related engineering field.
- Experience: The preferred candidate will have three or more scientific journal publications demonstrating applications of excellent analytical problem solving skills; excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated experience with Liquid Chromatography-Quadrupole Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometer (LC-QTOF-MS) and/or triple quadrupole tandem MS. Experience with fate and transformation studies of organic chemicals in the environment and familiarity with TOC analyzer is also a desirable skill.
- Skills: The preferred candidate will have excellent analytical problem solving skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with proposal writing; experience with technical writing and presentations.
- Physical Mobility: Ability to travel to NETL Pittsburgh Research & Development facilities, as well as work on CMU Pittsburgh campus.
- Mental: Ability to arbitrate among a group of research professionals with diverse backgrounds and personalities. Ability to communicate research findings remotely among a group of research professionals in different locations via conference calls.
- Other: The appointee must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.
Regular Full Time
CEE: CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Minimum Education Level
Master's Degree or equivalent
Preferred Education Level
Doctorate or equivalent
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