Research Specialist - 20047814

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA - CHAPEL HILL   Chapel Hill, NC   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 11, 2022
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Specialist

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) is one of eight academic units in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Department’s primary focus is on research and graduate education at the interface of the environment and human health, with an increasing emphasis on undergraduate education. The Department has tenured and tenure-track faculty, academic fixed-term faculty and research faculty. The current student body comprises approximately 120 graduate students and 50 undergraduate students.

Position Summary

The Water Process Engineer/Scientist working on the PFAS Remediation Pilot project, funded through the NC Collaboratory, will evaluate the performance of novel and commercial granular sorbents in terms of their capability to remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from laboratory and natural waters as well as their physical properties. The Water Process Engineer/Scientist will be responsible for assembling and operating laboratory-scale and/or pilot-scale systems for testing granular sorbents. These systems will include, but may not be limited to, flow-through packed-bed column systems commonly known in the water treatment field as rapid small-scale column tests (RSSCTs). The Water Process Engineer/Scientist will prepare laboratory waters for testing, collect natural waters from water treatment plants, interact with water treatment plant personnel to coordinate water collection, perform basic water quality tests (e.g., pH, conductivity, organic matter content), collect and ship water samples, interact with internal and external personnel to coordinate analytical testing of water samples, analyze data, and prepare reports.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

The position will require a trained engineer/scientist with experience in laboratory and/or field research. Experience operating laboratory-scale or pilot-scale water treatment, fluid flow, or other related systems involving pumps, piping, fittings, valves, etc. is required; experience fabricating/assembling such systems is preferred, but not required. The Water Process Engineer/Scientist will work as part of an engineering team and in collaboration with a chemistry team and a (sorbent) manufacturing team.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

An ideal candidate will work well as part of a team, will be enthusiastic about learning new procedures and techniques, and will be committed to building a safe and inclusive laboratory environment.

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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.