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Now Available: Positions at Conn Center

Emerging research center with university and state priority has immediate need for top-, mid-, and student level researchers.

The Conn Center provides leadership, research, support, and policy development in renewable energy; advances the goal of renewable energy; and promotes technologies, practices, and programs that increase efficiency in energy utilization. The Conn Center's R&D themes are: Energy Storage; Biofuels & Biomass Conversions; Energy Efficiency; Solar Energy; and Advanced Energy Materials.

  • Senior Research Scientists/Engineers as R&D Theme Leaders
  • Graduate Research Assistantships
  • Research Associates & Post-doctoral Fellows
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    Positions will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter (@) gmail.com for consideration.

    Senior Research Scientists/Engineers

    The Conn Center currently seeks Senior Research Scientists/Engineers to serve as Theme Leaders for manufacturing R&D in: Energy Storage; Biofuels & Biomass Conversions; Energy Efficiency; and Advanced Energy Materials.

    Theme Leaders will ensure smooth establishment, operation, and maintenance of the research facilities that enable the academic and industrial research agenda, and contribute toward developing an extramurally funded research program. Will have multiple responsibilities: evaluate, select, and apply standard engineering procedures and techniques to multiple complex assignments and investigator-directed studies involving experimentation and innovation; develop and implement standard procedures for testing and optimization; participate in results analysis and research projection; oversee graduate student and post-doctoral scientist training; participate in research projects and grant proposal writing; and produce peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, and presentations. These Senior Research Scientists/Engineers report directly to the Conn Center Director.

    Ph.D. required, preferred in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline. Demonstrated research and development experience with product commercialization, equipment systems design and development, and theme-specific processes and equipment. The ideal candidates will also have significant experience securing funding in applied R&D areas and demonstrated leadership in university-industry partnerships. Manufacturing experience is a plus. Must be self-motivated to work independently, have the ability to meet deadlines, work well with others, and possess innovative problem-solving skills.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Fellow: Roll-to-Roll Materials Development

    The Conn Center seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow focused on materials development innovations for Roll-to-Roll (R2R) manufacturing toward renewable energy solutions with commercial potential. Specifically, the Fellow will: a) synthesize and optimize photovoltaic nanomaterials for low-cost solar cells; and b) develop R2R manufacturing technologies for large-scale deployment.

    Candidate will synthesis and characterize various nanomaterials and flexible transparent conducting electrodes for photovoltaic applications; will use solar cell characterization techniques including I-V and efficiency measurements and utilize inkjet printing, nanoimprinting, and plasma cleaning methods for R2R technology development. Duties include operation of novel material synthesis process equipment for experiments as well as high-level data analysis and statistical assessments, report and grant/manuscript writing, and oral presentations on a regular basis.

    Must hold Ph.D. in electrochemistry, materials science, physics, chemical engineering, and/or related fields with a strong background in R2R R&D. Hands-on experience with nanomaterials synthesis and polymer fabrication, characterization, and testing are preferred. Ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time constraints, work independently and cooperatively in a creative lab environment, exercise high-level scientific judgment and initiative, and deliver exceptional oral and written communications are required.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Fellow: Lithium Ion Batteries - Materials Development

    The Conn Center seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow focused on innovations for hybrid nanowire architectures toward renewable energy solutions with commercial potential. Specifically, the Fellow will: a) synthesize and optimize modified high-performance active nanomaterials for lithium ion batteries; and b) develop, test, and analyze anode/cathode/electrolyte dynamics for stable, high capacity technologies.

    Candidate will synthesize and characterize electrode materials, test with potentiostat/galvanostat techniques and impedance spectroscopy, and conduct circuit modeling; will use XRD and Raman for electrode materials characterization and train others in these techniques. Duties include operation of novel materials synthesis process equipment for experiments as well as high-level data analysis and statistical assessments, report and grant/manuscript writing, and oral presentations on a regular basis.

    Must hold Ph.D. in electrochemistry, materials science, physics, chemical engineering, and/or related fields with a strong background in lithium battery R&D. Hands-on experience with nanomaterials synthesis and XRD, Raman, and other characterization techniques including electronic/ionic conductivity measurements are preferred. Ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time constraints, work independently and cooperatively in a creative lab environment , exercise high-level scientific judgment and initiative, and deliver exceptional oral and written communications are required.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Fellow: Bulk Materials Production

    The Conn Center seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow focused on innovations for the bulk production of nanowires toward renewable energy solutions with commercial potential. Specifically, the Fellow will: a) develop high-performance materials for lithium ion batteries and solar technologies; and b) develop, test, and optimize plasma reactor operations.

    Candidate will conduct large-scale production of nanowires and other related materials with plasma and CVD reactors using innovative synthesis methods; must demonstrate ability to design, fabricate, assemble, operate, and optimize reactors based on plasma and electrical heating sources for scalability toward commercial production and train others in these techniques. Duties include operation of nanomaterial synthesis process equipment for experiments as well as high-level data analysis and statistical assessments, report and grant/manuscript writing, and oral presentations on a regular basis.

    Must hold Ph.D. in electrochemistry, materials science, physics, chemical engineering, and/or related fields with a strong background in process engineering and development, nanomaterials synthesis, plasma physics, and materials characterization and application toward renewable energy solutions. Hands-on experience with plasma reactors, nanowire and nanopowder production and development, XRD, SEM, TEM, UHV surface science spectroscopy, and optical spectroscopy techniques are preferred. Ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time constraints, work independently and cooperatively in a creative lab environment , exercise high-level scientific judgment and initiative, and deliver exceptional oral and written communications are required.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Associate: Statistics/Informatics Modeling for Energy Materials Discovery

    The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has a one-year opening for a Post-doctoral Associate focused on statistical and informatics modeling research for energy materials discovery in a NSF-funded project. Specifically, he or she will be responsible for high-level analysis of data using statistical techniques, report and grant/manuscript writing, and oral presentations on a regular basis.

    The candidate should have a doctoral degree in Statistics or Materials Science or a related field (Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, etc.) and at least MS-level training in statistics. Strong programming skill is a must. Knowledge in R and Bayesian computing is preferred and knowledge with materials science fundamentals would be helpful. Must have demonstrated ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time constraints.

    Exceptional oral and written communication skills, high level of scientific judgement and initiative, and the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in a creative lab environment are required.

    The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Professor Somnath Datta in Biostatistics & Bioinformatics and collaborate with Professor Mahendra Sunkara in Chemical Engineering and Professor Krishna Rajan (Iowa State) in Materials Science & Engineering.

    The application package must contain complete curriculum vitae, a cover letter, names and addresses of three references, and a short statement of research interests.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Associate: Biomass Conversion and Biofuels development

    The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow focused on biofuels and biomass conversion development innovations toward renewable energy solutions with commercial potential. Specifically, the post-doctoral fellow will: (a) develop, test, and optimize processes to convert biomass to hydrolyzates; (b) undertake fundamental and testing studies of ultra-deep desulfurization studies using novel catalysts produced; (c) develop processing technologies to convert hydrolyzates into fuels and value-added chemicals; (d) synthesize and evaluate catalytic materials and processes for conversions from biomass, oils, etc. to fuels and value-added chemicals; and (e) develop and validate economic models for the above.

    Duties include design of experiments, operation of process equipment at lab and pilot level, as well as high-level data analysis and statistical assessments, report and grant/manuscript writing, and oral presentations on a regular basis.

    Must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, physics, chemical engineering (preferred), and/or related fields with a strong background in biofuels/biomass R&D. Hands-on experience with biomass conversion processes, catalyst materials synthesis, characterization, and testing are preferred. Ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time constraints, work independently and cooperatively in a creative lab environment, exercise high-level scientific judgment and initiative, and deliver exceptional oral and written communications are required.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

    Post-doctoral Associate: Ultrafast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy

    The Conn Center seeks a Post-doctoral Fellow focused the use of spectroscopic techniques to investigate the structure, properties and dynamics in molecules, molecular systems and materials. The selected candidate for this position will be responsible for executing studies on solar cells using an existing transient absorption spectroscopy system. The current research project aims to understand the photoinduced electron-transfer dynamics in novel organic solar cells and nanoparticle/nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells. The selected candidate will be expected to design and develop new experimental apparatuses for ultrafast laser spectroscopy with the principal investigator.

    Must have PhD in chemistry, physics, and/or related fields with hands-on experience in ultrafast laser systems and optical techniques such as time-resolved photoluminescence, femtosecond pump-probe, or photoluminescence up-conversion. A background in instrumental programming (Labview) is also required; familiarity and experience with solar cells is highly desired. Knowledge and experience in computational chemistry will be a plus. Ability to formulate, plan, and conduct research with defined objectives and outcomes within budget and time contraints, work independently and cooperatively in a creative lab environment, exercise high-level scientific judgement and initiative, and deliver exceptional oral and written communications in English are required.

    Position will be posted online at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants under "Staff Positions"; formal applications must be made through this UofL HR portal. Additionally, please send a letter of interest, CV, and a list of three references to theconncenter@gmail.com for consideration.

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