The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to carry out research projects in the area of hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of biowaste and upgrading the HTL biocrude oil into transportation fuel. This is a DOE-funded project themed on the production of jet fuel from waste streams. Qualifications of a successful candidate include an earned Ph.D. in an engineering discipline (including agricultural, biological, chemical, environmental, mechanical) or a related field such as chemistry and materials science. Previous experience with thermochemical conversion of biomass, catalysis, and fuel upgrading (such as hydrogenolysis, hydrodeoxygenation, hydrogenation), is preferred. The successful candidate will work with a group of researchers on the theme of environment-enhancing energy, including HTL, upgrading the HTL biocrude via bio-chemo-thermal means such as catalytic hydrotreating, and recovering nutrients and minerals from the post-HTL wastewater.
This position is a 12-month appointment with renewal up to three years depending on performance. Starting date is January 1, 2022 or until the position is filled. The salary will be commensurate with experience. This position will also be benefits-eligible and offers 24 paid vacation days annually; any unused balance is noncompensable upon separation.
This position is available now and will remain available until it is filled. Qualified candidates should submit their application by email, including (1) cover letter, (2) full CV, (3) a brief statement of research (two pages), and (4) contact information for three references to Professor Yuanhui Zhang, Phone: 217-333-2693; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.