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TTU 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

  • Technically strong background in life cycle assessment (LCA) and technoeconomic analysis (TEA). Demonstrated publications

  • As the Post Doctoral research in TEA/LCA in the group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team performing experimental research in electrochemical systems for resources recovery and conversion

  • With experience in one or more of the following areas: conversion processes for production of fertilizer and products from biomass and waste feedstocks (e.g., sewage, manure, end of life magnets, etc), and recycling technologies

  • 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

  • Strong computer skills relevant for data management and analysis including experience with creating and using complex models in Excel, Python, R, or Matlab

  • Experience using process modeling tools such as Aspen Plus, , CHEMCAD, and/or SuperPro to perform technoeconomic analysis

  • Experience using software for life cycle assessment such as GREET, openLCA, SimaPro, or GaBi

Essential Functions

The candidate will work in Dr. Botte’s laboratories ( and/or the NSF Engineering Research Center, CASFER ( and will perform work under her supervision as well as 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, and electrochemical microbial sensors.

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