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Postdoctoral Researcher, Biomineral Capture and Enrichment of Rare Earth Elements

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Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 90E

Postdoctoral Researcher - Biomineral Capture and Enrichment of Rare Earth Elements

A postdoctoral researcher position is available within the Geomicrobiology group led by Dr. Clara Chan in the Department of Earth Sciences and Delaware Biotechnology Institute, University of Delaware, Newark DE. The successful candidate will combine geochemical and microbiological approaches to develop new mineral- and organic-based biomaterials for rare earth elements (REE) capture and enrichment, with the aim of recovering these critical elements from acid mine drainage. The collaborative project will utilize biominerals and engineered biopolymers to capture REEs, using biogeochemical processes for inspiration. The ideal candidate will have experience with isolating and characterizing organisms from natural environments, (bio)mineral characterization, metal geochemistry, and adsorption/desorption experiments. Applicants must have a PhD in Earth Sciences, Microbiology, Environmental Engineering and Science or a related discipline, and should have a strong record of disseminating results via peer-reviewed publications and presentations, commensurate with experience. Applicants should have a desire to work collaboratively within a supportive group, value outreach efforts, and be self-motivated. 

The position is available for 3 years, contingent upon performance and funding. Our research group, department, and college value diversity and work to foster an inclusive environment. We strongly encourage applications from a broad spectrum of candidates, including women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, statement of research, CV, graduate transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted) and names of three references through the University of Delaware Jobs website. If they have not yet graduated, applicants should indicate in their cover letter the date by which they anticipate having their doctoral degree conferred. Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Clara Chan directly at cschan@udel.edu to express interest and discuss the opportunity further. The position is available starting June 2021 and open until filled.
 

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The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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