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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Bioenergy and Bioproducts


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Application: Applicants must apply for the position electronically through http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2512 and submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of all academic transcripts, and 4) summary of past research projects (please specify your involvement and contribution in each project). When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, but the search will continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Sushil Adhikari, Director, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts and Professor of Biosystems Engineering Department, Auburn University at 334-844-3543 or by email: sushil.adhikari@auburn.edu. The Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts is supported by the College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES). Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions. In the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report, it was ranked 48th among public universities in the United States. Auburn University has 1,184 full-time faculty and enrolls 26,714 students from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, including 4,695 graduate students and 1,101 professional students. Auburn University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, Al and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Please visit www.auburn.edu for more information. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Post-Doctoral Fellow - Bioenergy and Bioproducts
Posting Number P1032F

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

2 Positions Available
The Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts (CBB) at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of up to two Post-Doctoral Fellows. This is a benefits eligible, non-tenure track position. The appointment is for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of a four year period depending on performance and funding availability. The expected start date is January 02, 2018.

This is a research job involving professional and technical work in the study of producing bioproducts, chemicals, and biofuels from woody biomass and algae utilizing primarily thermochemical platform or chemical and thermochemical hybrid process. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assist center director; supervise bioenergy and biofuels activities of the center; summarize data and publish findings from research; assist in writing proposals for further extramural funding; prepare technical reports, manuscripts for publication and various presentations; and perform various other duties as assigned by the director.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Biosystems, Biological, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related engineering field by the expected position start date. Candidates should have documented experience and/or the ability to conduct research in bioproducts and bioenergy. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, demonstrated technical excellence and ability to work both independently and in a team environment are necessary. The candidates selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include additional technical experience. Research experience and knowledge in bioproducts and chemicals production lignin and sugars, fractionation of algae and the production of chemicals, fuels and other high-value materials, bioproducts from bio-oil, various analytical instruments such as NMR, GC, GC/MS, HPLC, FTIR/NIR, TGA; chemical and biochemical laboratory procedures; and catalyst preparation and characterization are also desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application: Applicants must apply for the position electronically through http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2512 and submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of all academic transcripts, and 4) summary of past research projects (please specify your involvement and contribution in each project). When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Sushil Adhikari, Director, Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts and Professor of Biosystems Engineering Department, Auburn University at 334-844-3543 or by email: sushil.adhikari@auburn.edu.

The Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts is supported by the College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES). Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions. In the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report, it was ranked 48th among public universities in the United States. Auburn University has 1,184 full-time faculty and enrolls 26,714 students from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries, including 4,695 graduate students and 1,101 professional students. Auburn University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, Al and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Please visit www.auburn.edu for more information.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

Posting Detail Information

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
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Optional Documents
  1. Statement of Research and/or Goals