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Post Doctoral Research Associate

Texas Tech University, Broadway, Lubbock, TX, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

Performs specialized Post Doctoral work in the planning, conducting and/or supervision of original research. Responsible for participating in a research project associated with PhD studies and the interpretation of the results of publication. Work is performed under supervision of graduate faculty members with evaluation based on accomplishment of assigned objectives and overall effectiveness of project. May supervise research and student assistants.


PhD in area of project specialization. Knowledge of modern research practices, the methods, resources, and standards thereof. Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities. Ability to integrate resources, policies, and information for the determination of procedures, solutions and other outcomes. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with other employees and the public. Ability to plan and allocate the workload of employees, providing direct training and supervision as needed.

Key Skills Required

  • Background in Electrochemistry. Demonstrated publications

  • Optimize electrode architecture, materials selection, and operating parameters of electrolyzers

  • Design and execute technical evaluations to improve efficiency

  • Develop bench-and field-scale prototypes

  • Establish accelerated testing protocols to optimize reactor cycle life and durability

  • Demonstrated experience on preparing and presenting technical reports

  • Demonstrated experience on writing proposals

  • Demonstrated experience in technoeconomic analysis and/or life cycle analysis

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Organizational skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Analytical and creative capacity

  • Good human relations

  • Ability to work in groups

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet aggressive project timelines

  • Self-motived and highly driven

Preferred Qualifications

  • Electrolyzers design and scale-up

  • Materials science understanding

  • Knowledge of rapid prototyping/manufacturing, test rigs assembly

  • Experience with fluid flow and multiscale physics modeling packages such as COMSOL, ASPEN, life cycle analysis

  • Proficient at CAD or SOLIDWORKS; FLUENT, finite element analysis

Essential Functions

The candidate will work in Dr. Botte’s laboratories ( and/or the NSF Engineering Research Center, CASFER ( and will perform work under supervision her supervision and senior research associates with evaluation based on accomplishment of assigned objectives and overall effectiveness of projects.

Example projects include electrochemical extraction of/and recovery of rare earth elements from solid fuels and produced water, hydrogen production from ammonia, conversion and recovery of N and P from waste, synthesis of carbon nanostructures and graphene, water remediation and disinfection, selective catalytic reduction, ammonia synthesis, novel materials for batteries, advanced electrowinning, electrochemical microbial sensors, technoeconomic analysis, and Life cycle analysis.

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