Postdoc Researcher

Job Type
Job Institution
Villanova University
Job Description

One postdoctoral researcher position is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Villanova University under the supervision of Prof. Wenqing Xu. The candidate will conduct research on electrochemical sensor development by working with a collaborative team across multiple departments. The candidate will also be expected to assist in the training and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, assisting with the preparation of project reports, and disseminating results in journal publications and conferences. Teaching opportunities can be arranged if the candidate desires.

The ideal candidate must have: (1) a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental engineering or related fields with a strong background in water chemistry and surface characterization; (2) experience in using analytical instruments (LC-MS/MS, GC/MS/MS, NMR); (3) experience in surface characterization (FT-IR, XPS, TEM, Raman); (4) a strong track record of refereed journal publications; and (5) ability to work independently; (6) strong written and oral communication skills. Past experiences with PFAS analysis by LC-MS/MS is a plus.

The expected start date for the position is January 1, 2024 (but could be earlier if needed) for a duration of one year, with possibility of extension upon satisfactory performance. The review process begins immediately. Interested candidates should submit their applications as one single pdf file (PD_LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME.pdf) containing: (1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s expertise meets the position requirements listed above, and including a short statement of career goals; (2) a CV; (3) two research papers that the candidate consider to be of their best work (published, under review, or in preparation), and (4) a list of three references (names, affiliations, and full contact information with email). The job application can be submitted at


Please contact Dr. Wenqing Xu at with your application submissions and any relevant questions. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Xu before the application submission. You can learn more about the research groups’ activity from the website below: