The Materials Chemistry Laboratory at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington headed by Dr. Erika La Plante invites applications from highly motivated individuals for a Postdoctoral Researcher position. The successful candidate(s) will work on diverse projects such as lithium (Li) and nickel (Ni) extraction at mineral-water interfaces (comminution, acoustic dissolution, precipitation) with concurrent carbon dioxide mineralization toward the low-temperature synthesis of carbonates, hydroxide, and silicate minerals. Immediate responsibilities include the selection of feedstocks (i.e., rocks and minerals) for Li and Ni mining. The successful candidate will work with a team of chemical engineers, materials scientists and engineers, and process engineers to develop a commercially relevant-scale process for the continuous production of MgCO3, CaCO3, Ni(OH)2, and LiCO3.
Essential Qualifications and Skills:
- D. degree in Geochemistry/Electrochemistry/Chemistry/Materials Science or related fields from a recognized university.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of aqueous phase dissolution and mineralization reactions.
- Research experience in analytical electrochemistry, membrane fabrication, and materials characterization (surface and bulk).
- Background in geology, aqueous chemistry, mineral-water interactions, and earth materials.
- Hands-on experience in advanced chemical and electrochemical techniques and analytical methods.
- Strong aptitude for laboratory work; should be detail-oriented and organized with the ability to prioritize.
- Ability to carry out maintenance of general laboratory equipment and resources.
- Willingness to learn, and ability to work individually and as part of a team.
- Ability to identify and effectively communicate barriers and bottlenecks.
- Ability to work with GIS software is preferred
About the job
MCL is seeking an experienced innovator to join its latest cutting-edge action team working on technologies that enable carbon dioxide-negative critical metal mining at a global scale. This position will identify feedstocks for the process, and design and perform process intensification for the pilot scale mineralization of CO2 for the continuous production of Mg and Ca carbonates along with the extraction of Li and Ni. The position will collaborate closely with a team of dedicated researchers and industry professionals who are impact-driven and results-focused.
The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, fulfill project administration functions, and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals and can respond to deliverable timelines as are typical in “academia-industry” collaborative research. All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration, but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide (as a single pdf file): a detailed resume/CV, a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests, a list of 2-3 dates and time ranges you are available for an interview, and contact information for three referees in support of your application.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter outlining their motivation and a CV that demonstrates relevant practical expertise and skills as a single pdf file to email@example.com, addressed to Dr. Erika La Plante. The subject line of the email must include “Application for Postdoctoral Researcher position”. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.