PFAS; emerging contaminants

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Job Institution: 
University of North Dakoda
Job Description: 
Posted Date Closing Date Department Location Starting Salary Employment Type
Civil Engineering
Grand Forks (North Dakota)


The University of North Dakoda has an opening for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate to study the thermal treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The person hired will work under Dr. Feng “Frank” Xiao ( The successful candidate will work in a supportive, highly collaborative, and energetic environment while having ample opportunities to acquire and develop new skills in relevant research areas.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Guide research projects through experimental design, conduct of experiments, and analysis of data;
  • Maintain detailed documentation of the experimental work;
  • Work closely within the group and with outside collaborators;
  • Maintain close communications with PI regarding progress;
  • Write, edit, and submit manuscripts/abstracts detailing the results of project.


  • Strong written communication skills

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications

  • PhD in environmental engineering, environmental sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or closely related areas.
  • Experience writing high-quality scientific papers independently.
  • Experience researching emerging contaminants.
  • Successful completion of criminal history records check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Skills/Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry


Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 15, 2020 and include the following materials:

  • Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

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Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

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Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months

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