The Membrane Biotechnology Lab (Civil & Environmental Engineering) at the University of South Florida is seeking two to three highly-motivated postdocs to work on a new global sanitation and water reuse project sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the Reinvent the Toilet initiative. The candidate will assist in the development of transformative technologies for non-sewered sanitation, in particular, a patent-pending self-sustained, packaged, anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) platform (http://NEWgenerator.tumblr.com). The positions are available immediately.
Duties and responsibilities: The post-doctoral researchers will work with Dr. Daniel Yeh and team members on AnMBR process development (lab) and engineering field testing (Florida, South Africa and India). It is anticipated that positions will be filled by appropriate candidates in the following areas:
1) Water quality and reuse – experience with downstream processes (advanced oxidation, catalysis, sorption) for drinking water/wastewater disinfection and polishing;
2) Membrane technology – experience with membrane performance evaluation, characterization, fouling/autopsy studies;
3) Biological processes – experience with anaerobic, bioelectrical, or BNR bioreactors, in particular pilot systems and process modeling;
4) Automation and instrumentation - experience in the areas of pilot system design/fabrication/operation, system controls and automation, sensor networks and DAQ.
The postdocs will also have the opportunity to be engaged with other ongoing wastewater resource recovery projects, including algae membrane bioreactors.
Applicant must have a can-do attitude to get hands dirty, a spirit of innovation and sense of adventure, demonstrated resourcefulness, and willingness to pursue high risk/high reward research that is unconventional with elements of uncertainty. The successful candidate must be willing to work as a leader and team player in a complex project with multiple international partners, tight deadlines and frequent 24/7 workflow. In addition, applicants should: 1) have completed by the start date all requirements for either a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering (or a related discipline); 2) demonstrate ability to design, fabricate, operate, sample and analyze data from bench and pilot-scale reactors; 3) be able to troubleshoot analytical instrumentation and develop new methods; 4) be willing and able to conduct field work (including bioreactor deployment, troubleshooting and sampling) in challenging outdoor environments (i.e., sanitation facilities in (sub)tropical environments); 5) have a valid driver’s license; 6) have ability to serve as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate students in and out of the lab; 7) have a sound publication record; 8) be willing to assist the PI with proposal writing, publishing and teaching.
About USF: The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. According to NSF, USF ranks 25th in total research expenditures among public U.S. universities. USF is the founder and home of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and has ranked in the Top 15 worldwide among all universities for U.S. patents granted for the past five years. Serving more than 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletics Conference (AAC). The University of South Florida’s Tampa campus is located in the vibrant Tampa Bay region known for a variety of cultural and recreational activities that provide an outstanding quality of life.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is based on qualifications. The initial appointment is for one year but may be extended depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability. Health insurance benefits will be offered through the USF Post-Doctoral Scholar Health Insurance Program.
How to Apply: Applicants must provide a cover letter describing how their interest and skills match with the above description, CV, statement of career intent, and names and contact information for 3 professional references. Application materials may be submitted to Dr. Daniel Yeh (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed immediately and continue until the position is filled with excellent candidates.