Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Chemistry
University of Arkansas, Department of Chemistry
United States

Summary of Job Duties 

The Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Chemistry Management will be responsible for day-to-day laboratory operations and functions (e.g., cleaning, student lab maintenance duties, ordering, space allocations). They will conduct experimental research on: Development of catalytic materials for water treatment applications; Degradation of water contaminants with experimental catalysts; Adsorption experiments for removal of water contaminants; Materials characterization to understand material properties; and evaluation of catalyst materials as electrocatalysts for water treatment applications.


The Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Chemistry Management will also write peer-reviewed papers and present research at national conferences. They will interface and coordinate research effort with project team members, mentor younger researchers, and contribute to proposal writing, group organization, and research development.


Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.             

Ph.D. obtained by the time of appointment

Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field

Experimental laboratory skills:

– Water chemistry analysis (e.g., composition, pH)


– Water contaminant testing & experiment setups

– Electrochemistry techniques

– Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry

– Electrochemical data analysis

– Materials characterization (TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS, ICP)

At least 1 first-author peer-reviewed, published journal article

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)?         No

If yes, please specify      

Preferred Qualifications

3-4 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Electrochemical cell design & configuration experience

Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry experience

Electrochemical data analysis experience

Experience with water chemistry research

Nanomaterials synthesis expertise

Aqueous component analysis experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)     

Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, Origin graphing software, electrochemical potentiostat interfaces.

Public speaking skills

Ability to work in a team environment, work collaboratively, and work on interdisciplinary teams/projects

Experimental wet chemistry lab skills

Physical activities associated with this position   

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.















Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding



Repetitive motion







Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes. Employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, general laborer, lab personnel, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities or structures (i.e., security guard).


Physical Conditions         The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials., The employee is subject to atmospheric conditions. One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust, mists, gases, or poor ventilation., The worker is required to function in narrow aisles or passageways., None. The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Overtime Eligible              No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.           No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Bell Engineering Center / Institute for Nanoscience and Engineering

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent    100

Salary    $55,000

Types of Background Checks Required    National criminal background and registered sex offender check

Pre-employment Screening Requirements           

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date           

Close Date           07/12/2019

Open Until Filled               No

Anticipated Start Date   

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)       

Recruitment Contact Information            

University of Arkansas Human Resources

ADMN 222

(479) 575-5351


All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.


Special Instructions Summary    

Hiring Location  222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Internal Posting No

Work Location   Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


* Do you (or will you by the time of appointment) have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or related field?



* Do you have at least one (1) first-author peer-reviewed, published journal article?



* Do you have the following experimental laboratory skills?: – Water chemistry analysis (e.g., composition, pH) – LC-MS; GC-FID/MS – Water contaminant testing & experiment setups – Electrochemistry techniques – Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, chronopotentiometry – Electrochemical data analysis – Materials characterization (TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS, ICP)



Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents


Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents

Curriculum Vitae

Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Unofficial/Official Transcript(s) cont.

Listing of Publications

Proof of Veterans Status

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