Postdoctoral Research Associate - Engineering

University of Washington

Job Description

Job Description

Position Summary


The Foston lab in the Washington University in St Louis Department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering is offering a post-doctoral position to investigate the heterogeneous catalysis of renewable feedstocks in particular lignin with a flexible start date in early 2023.


We are looking for motivated, independent candidates with demonstrated expertise in the research and development of heterogeneous catalysts for the reductive depolymerization of lignin. This will involve design of catalyst systems for real lignin in native biomass or extracted from biomass, lignin model compound experiments in batch reactors, and analytical chemistry efforts to characterize complex substrates and product mixtures.


Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/ .


Required Qualifications


Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with lignin analysis with solution 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC) as well as analysis of lignin depolymerization products with gas chromatography�mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an asset.
  • Track record in project management, preparing complex data for publication, and publishing in scientific journals.


Salary Range


Base pay is commensurate with experience.


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Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University�s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment � fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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