Reactive CO2 capture and conversion

Job Type
Job Rank
Ph.D. students and postdocs
Job Institution
University of Michigan
Job Description


The Jack Lab (U-M faculty profile) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (UM-CEE, graduate program ranked #3 U.S. News and World Reports) invites applications for multiple funded Ph.D. student and post-doctoral research fellow positions to study fundamental kinetic and thermodynamic processes at the electrochemical-biological interface towards the development of scalable CO2 capture and conversion technologies.

This interdisciplinary work will span topics such as electrochemical water and CO2 electrolysis as well as several emerging microbial electrochemical technologies (e.g. microbial electrosynthesis, electro-enzymatic synthesis, electro-fermentation, microbial electrolytic carbon capture). Overall, this work will focus on tailoring CO2 conversion processes towards high reaction rates, selectivity, yields, and energy efficiencies.

In addition to pursuing independent research projects, researchers will also obtain valuable grant writing experience, exposure to professional networking events with national labs and private companies, and opportunities to communicate research findings via peer-reviewed journal publications, podcasts, and presentations at national and international conferences. 

For postdocs: The anticipated start date for this position is Spring 2023 or later. Appointments are anticipated for two years, with renewal after the first year, contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Successful candidates will hold the rank of postdoctoral research fellow and be provided a competitive salary, benefits, and support for conference travel and/or career development.


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Ideal candidates should possess a recently earned master’s or bachelor’s degree (for Ph.D. positions) or Ph.D. (for postdoc positions) in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, biological engineering, material science, natural sciences (i.e. chemistry, physics, biology) or related STEM field.

A strong academic background with relevant lab experience in electrochemistry, process design and modeling, biological wastewater treatment, material science, and/or membrane technologies is highly preferred.

Researchers with exceptional work ethic, hands-on experimental ability, willingness to learn across fields, excellent writing and communication skills, collaborative team-work attitude, and a passion for developing innovative and transformative technologies, that serve the common good, are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit a cover letter addressed to Prof. Joshua Jack describing research experience and future research interests (1-2 pages), a curriculum vitae (including any publications), and the names and contact information of up to three references. 

For Ph.D. students: In addition to submitting materials to Prof. Jack as a single pdf. file, students are encouraged to apply to the CEE graduate program (Fall 2023) via the University of Michigan graduate school online portal.

For postdocs: All applications materials should be submitted as a single pdf file to the UM Careers site: Search for job code: 223204. Only one pdf file can be uploaded in the UM Careers system.

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