Electrochemical brine management for inland desalination

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Auburn University
Job Description

The ZOU Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Auburn University invites applications for a postdoc position. The successful candidate will develop electrochemical systems to remove organic pollutants (e.g., PFAS and pesticide), heavy metal ions, and salts from inland reverse osmosis (RO) brine. This multi-institution and multi-investigator project is funded by National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI, https://www.nawihub.org/), with diversified collaborators from Rice University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Electric Power Research Institute, and the Water Tower. Applicants with a strong background in electrochemistry, catalysis, and environmental process engineering are strongly encouraged to apply. In addition to independent research activities, the postdoc will assist with project management, coordinate project teams, attend academic & professional conferences, prepare manuscripts and proposals, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The following qualifications are desired:
1. Ph.D. in relevant science and engineering fields;
2. A good knowledge of material synthesis, electrocatalysis, desalination, and aquatic chemistry;
3. Documented experience in electrochemical system design and operation (e.g., electrodialysis and electroplating), electrochemical analysis techniques (e.g., voltammetry, amperometry, and EIS), X-ray characterization techniques (e.g., SEM-EDX and XRD), and water quality analysis (e.g., IC, ICP-MS, and LC-MS).
4. Effective oral and written communication skills, team spirit, and experience in publishing peer-reviewed papers.

The anticipated starting date is flexible but no later than Oct 1. The initial appointment is for one year, with possible renewal upon mutual satisfaction and funding availability. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Shiqiang (Nick) Zou at shiqiang@auburn.edu with the subject line “2023 Auburn Postdoc Application.” Please attach the application package in a single PDF:
(1) a cover letter that outlines the applicant’s research and expertise match the position’s requirements, and career goals;
(2) the updated curriculum vitae with a publication list;
(3) two representative peer-reviewed publications related to electrochemical water treatment;
(4) contact information of three references.

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit Dr. Shiqiang (Nick) Zou’s website at https://shiqiangzou.com, and our departmental website at https://www.eng.auburn.edu/directory/szz0063.

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