Postdoctoral Researcher in Thermodynamics and Physical Property Measurement

Location
South Africa
Posted
Aug 08, 2019
Closes
Sep 07, 2019
Ref
116526
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Part Time
Post-doctoral Researcher in Thermodynamics and Physical Property Measurement

Job Description:

An opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of thermodynamics and physical property measurement at the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University is currently available. The focus of the position would be on measurement and modelling of thermodynamic properties and low pressure phase behaviour, with particular focus on systematic property measurement and experimental study management. The position will be awarded initially for a period of one year but may be extended based on performance and availability of funds.

The postdoctoral researcher would be required to conduct research and provide significant assistance with the following:
  • Driving experimental measurements using available equipment;
  • Supervision of postgraduate student projects;
  • Assist with the management of the research group;
  • Publication of research outputs from research generated;
  • Developing new areas of research within the research group;
  • Improving experimental facilities;
  • Writing new funding proposals to sustain research activities.

Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and are therefore not eligible for employee benefits. Postdoctoral fellowships are also awarded tax free

Desired Skills and Experience:

Essential

A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Technology or similar discipline with proven research record in at least one of the aspects described above, as related to thermodynamics and physical property measurement, is a requirement. As the position requires significant communication tasks, good command of the English language, especially written English, is essential.

Desirable

A first degree in Chemical Engineering, allowing registration as a professional engineer will be considered a significant benefit. Preference will be given to applicants with notable experience and skills and a good publication record in one or more of the following areas:
  • Thermodynamic measurements including, but not limited to, phase behaviour, volumetric properties, calorimetry;
  • Analytical chemistry techniques including, but not limited to, GC, HPLC, spectrometry, Karl Fischer, etc.;
  • Fundamental understanding of phase behaviour and the impact of phase behaviour on separation processes;
  • Command of Aspen Plus® or similar for process modelling of thermal separation processes;
  • Experience in chemical thermodynamic modelling.

Strong leadership qualities, the ability to co-manage a group of students and experience in co-supervision of students will be an advantage.

Review of application will commence on the 1st of September 2019 but late applications may be considered.

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