Postdoc position on organic contaminants

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Auburn University
Job Description

Dr. Dengjun (Kevin) Wang’s group ( at Auburn University has active projects on the transport, transformation, and remediation of organic contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pesticides, and non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs). Wang’s group has recently observed that biochars and modified biochars showed good sorption efficiency for these contaminants, which can be further degraded by other destruction techniques such as advanced reduction and oxidation processes. The prospective candidate is expected to have strong expertise in contaminant chemistry, analytical skills (GC-MS and HPLC-MS), material characterization (BET, XRD, FT-IR, XPS), and environmental remediation (batch sorption and column transport studies). The selected candidate will have ample opportunities to collaborate with scientists, engineers, consultants, and many others within these funded projects. The selected candidate will help mentor graduates and undergraduates, design and implement lab experiments, conduct analyses of project results, publish manuscripts in scientific journals, present research findings at professional meetings, and prepare proposals for additional extramural funding of the research program. For interested candidates, please send one PDF document including: (1) CV, (2) how your qualifications fit for this position, (3) research statement and career goal, and (4) three referees to Dr. Wang at

The University:
Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national, and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.

The Community:
Auburn is recognized as one of America’s best small towns with a moderate climate and easy access to major cities, beaches, and mountains. The city is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama corridor. The combined Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a growing population of over 60,000. The City of Auburn grew 43% in the past decade and is known for an excellent public school system and a local medical center acknowledged as among the best in the region. The City of Auburn website has information on the community and services that can be accessed at: