Summary of Position: Independently plan and conduct experiments related to specific hydrothermal carbonization technology developed by the Valentas Laboratory. The successful candidate will have demonstrable skills in utilizing high -pressure Paar reactors for developing hydrochars from various biomass feed stocks and functional additives. Experience with high temperature inert gas processing of hydrochar composites and related materials is desirable. Experience with anaerobic digestion reactors is also highly desirable. Candidate will analyze data generated in experiments and perform appropriate statistical analysis and develop new methods of analysis as dictated by experimental data. It is expected that the candidate will be proficient in performing material and energy balances for a variety of processing schemes related to hydrochar production. A B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering is highly desirable.
Essential and Other Functions:
50% Develop techniques and conduct experiments for pre and post treatment of various hydrochar constructs. Hydrochars produced from various biomass sources will be subjected to post thermal treatment to increase porosity, surface area and functionality of the various chars. These modified chars will be evaluated for pesticide sorption utilizing radiolabeled isotopes and for phosphorous and nitrate and ammonia absorption using appropriate analytical tools and methods.
30 Anaerobic Digestion experiments. Conduct experiments on Anaerobic digestion of various filtrates resulting from hydrothermal carbonization process variations. Analyze data and perform material and energy balance to support economic assessment.
20% Project Management. Supervise Research Specialist and other junior scientists. Maintain interaction with other groups collaborating on HTC research grants such as USDA-ARS scientists and CEMS. Maintain written records and lab notebook. Provide written reports to P.I. on a regular basis and /or as requested.
Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering or related field and two (2) years of related research experience, or a combination of related education and/or relevant research experience totaling six (6) years.
Experience with high -pressure Paar reactors and Anaerobic Digestion reactors is highly desirable. Good laboratory skills and hands-on experience conducting complex experiments.
An inquisitive nature and a strong work ethic.
Strong background in chemistry and mathematics are desirable.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Internal Number: 309473
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