The UL FSRI team is seeking a Post Doctoral Researcher – Chemist/Chemical Engineering!

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Do you have a PhD in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering? Interested in understanding why materials burn differently? Interested in measuring what is in the water run off from a wildland urban interface fire? Excited about improving fire safety? Do you have a general knowledge of the scientific process, operational and practical experience with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Attenuated Total Reflectance/Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/IR), Solid-phase microextraction (SPME), benchtop and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)?

If that describes you and you are great at collaboration and project management, this opportunity may be for you!

Working with the UL FSRI research team, the Post Doctoral Researcher will apply chemistry principles to fire and materials research problems with the goal of improving fire safety. This individual will assist in initiating the design, development, execution and implementation of fire safety research projects. The Post Doctoral Researcher will conduct sample preparation and analysis to provide accurate and timely analytical data following established methods, techniques, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and quality control protocols. They will utilize the application of specialized methods, techniques and analyses. The work includes, but is not limited to the collection of samples, preparation of reagents, usage of standard analytical instrumentation and/or glassware, calculation of results, review of work, and entry of data into laboratory information management system (LIMS). The Post Doctoral Researcher will maintain substantial knowledge of state-of-the art principles and theories and contributes to scientific literature and conferences. Uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of scientific problems.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Initiates, plans, designs and executes scientific research, experiments and related activities to ensure timely completion of projects. Evaluates and documents the results in formal reports and in peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Conducts analyses according to applicable standard operating procedures (SOPs). May optimize, expand, evaluate, select, adapt or develop standard methods or techniques in the laboratory. Ensures result data are accurately recorded and saved in a timely manner.
  • Reviews existing SOPs and makes clerical and procedural recommendations for improvement. Creates SOPs for use in the laboratory in the designated format.
  • Provides training regarding the principles, application, and limitations of analytical techniques. Adheres to all quality control requirements including the collection and preparation of samples, review of sample analyses. – Documents corrective actions for out of control parameters. Assists in resolving all quality assurance issues.
  • Trains other Scientists in proper use of equipment, analytical instrumentation maintenance, setup, and procedures.
  • Responsible for minor instrument repairs. Performs routine instrument maintenance and updates entries in maintenance logs.
  • Keeps work area neat and clean.
  • Ensures that all data entered into the laboratory information management systems (LIMS) is submitted and archived in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrates the ability to clearly articulate the laboratory’s standard practices as related to the referenced methods and the willingness to assist in other areas of the organization. Cross-trains on several different procedures/methods within the department and possibly other departments as directed.
  • Stays ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals, scientific publications, and attending academic conferences.
  • Demonstrates potential for technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others, and independent thought.
  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct, and follow all laboratory safety, physical and digital security practices.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of scientific process.
  • Demonstrated operational and practical experience with Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Attenuated Total Reflectance/Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR/IR), Solid-phase microextraction (SPME), benchtop and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain academic and applied knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with peers, and work directly with the research team members in order to complete a project from start to finish.
  • Excellent communication skills required.