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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Civil Engineering

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Civil Engineering
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grant funding
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General Summary of Position:

The successful applicant will conduct analytical and experimental research in the areas of Material Science with an emphasis on Development of Materials for Capture/harvesting, Release and Purification of Atmospheric Moisture to produce Drinking Water. Assist in submitting reports, scholarly articles, and proposals. Teach classes as assigned.

The initial appointment will be for approximately 1 year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Conduct analytical and experimental research under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI).  This specifically involves:

  • Acquire or synthesize multifunctional materials & design effective crosslinking methods for synthesis materials for collection of atmospheric water
  • Synthesize metal organic frameworks for collection of atmospheric water
  • Develop appropriate engineering systems to support the multifunctional materials for atmospheric water harvesting
  • Evaluate the material properties and performance of the developed materials and metal organic frameworks
  • Ensuring all project-related activities are conducted on time and to the highest standard
  • Prepare status reports and deliverables in collaboration with and under the direction of the PI
  • Serve as a liaison between PI and collaborating research partners
  • Ensuring all deliverables are delivered on time and to the highest standard

Assist supervisor in writing scholarly articles and proposals for grant funding:

  • The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and assist in the formulation and writing of externally funded research proposals.  This effort will include finding appropriate opportunities, finding collaborative partners, generating preliminary data, and proposal writing. 
  • The successful candidate will be expected to publish at least two articles per year in peer-reviewed scientific journals based on the research conducted.  Papers and presentations in scientific conferences will also be required. Development of patentable technologies over the course of the project will also be expected

Attend Meetings related to the research projects:

  • Conduct weekly group meeting between PI, Post-Docs and students

Supervision of Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

  • Meet weekly with each student to review their research project, progress, papers and to develop path forward

Promote the University’s commitment to customer service by:

    • Build effective partnerships with co-workers throughout the University.
    • Ensuring optimum service to all internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
    • Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities and roles.

Other Job Duties:

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • PhD in Materials Science/Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Plastics Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or related field


  • Minimum five years of experience (including MS and PhD. research experience) in research related to material science


  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Strong technical report writing and communication skills
  • Experience in the development and synthesis of materials and metal organic frameworks as relevant to atmospheric water harvesting
  • Knowledge of thermodynamics as relevant to atmospheric water harvesting
  • Familiarity with analytical methods for the characterization of synthesized materials, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, molecular dynamic simulations, or other relevant methods

Additional Considerations:

  • Publications in the field of material science or related fields
  • Ability to work independently, with limited direction, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to mentor and inspire students with limited research experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.   

This position is contingent upon funding.  The initial appointment will be for approximately 1 year with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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