Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Process Research and Development

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Work type: Postdoctoral Associate
Location: UCF Cocoa
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Grants

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Scholar, Chemical Process Research and Development

Administrative Title:

No Administration Function

Job Description:

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to support their partnership with the Obantarla Corporation. This chemical process R&D role will explore fundamental chemical kinetics and thermodynamics that underpin small, modular processes to convert stranded gas to fungible, low-carbon derivatives.  The postdoctoral associate will design and execute experiments to measure critical reaction kinetic data, interpret that data in the context of lifecycle carbon intensity and process economics, and explore ways to intensify the process.


Responsibilities of this position may include bench-scale catalyst testing, process design/development, techno-economic analysis (TEA), life-cycle assessment (LCA), data science related to supply chain strategy, and supporting functions. Specific responsibilities may also include:


•        Supporting design and fabrication of bench-scale chemical process equipment;

•        Supporting design of pilot-scale and demonstration-scale process equipment;

•        Experimental catalyst testing, performance evaluation, and characterization;

•        Mechanical design of scientific apparatus, instrumentation, and controls;

•        Analyzing chemistry measurements for catalysts and products;

•        Analysis of large data sets to support LCA, TEA, and supply chain mapping.


Office of Research, Florida Solar Energy Center

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Advertised Annual Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

•        Ph.D. from an accredited institution in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related discipline;

•        Strong attention to detail and commitment to safety on the job;

•        Track record of working effectively in a fast-paced team environment;

•        Strong written and oral communication skills;

•        Willingness to learn new skills and be a flexible contributor.

Preferred Qualifications:

•        Experience with building bench-scale experimental apparatus;

•        Experience with chemical process simulation, CAD, or other engineering software;

•        Experience with sizing and costing of chemical process equipment;

•        Experience with data science and mapping tools;

•        Hands-on wet laboratory experience (3+ years).

Special Instructions to Applicants:


Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of all academic transcripts, a summary of past research projects (please specify your involvement and contribution in each project), a copy of three (3) relevant published papers, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.


Questions regarding this search may be directed to Dr. Nazim Muradov, University of Central Florida, at

Florida Clause:

Unless explicitly stated in the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation is that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions:

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty, graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, post-doctoral positions, undergraduate positions, visiting assistant professors, and visiting research associates.

These requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents if the employment or training was/is through an agency of the U.S. Government.  For more information on what information must be provided and the screening process, please see:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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