Environmental Chemistry Postdoctoral Associate

Massachusetts, United States
27 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATECivil and Environmental Engineering, to work with Professor Desiree Plata to investigate hydrophilic compounds in complex oil and gas mixtures. This project will entail evaluation of standard methods for ethanolamine quantification in aqueous systems, applied to produced and flowback fluids.  Will be responsible for systematically evaluating matrix effects of several components of the produced and flowback waters and subsequently making recommendations for improved sampling, extraction, identification, and quantification of ethanolamines in residual oil and gas wastes; and for working with the PI to craft both technical notes for the sponsor as well as scholarly publications.

Will join a diverse research group at MIT in which environmental chemists focus on the sustainable development of industrially important materials and processes that relate to energy technologies.  Professor Plata is committed to supporting the postdoc in his or her scholarly development.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in environmental or analytical chemistry, engineering, chemistry, chemical oceanography, or related field; experience with liquid chromatography; highly effective oral and written communication skills as evidenced by published first-author publications; an efficient and organized approach; and the ability to work as part of a research team. The timeline for the project is aggressive (one year) so those with experience working with liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry are desired.  Job #16785

The position has an anticipated start date of January 1, 2019. The initial appointment is for one year. Additional details about the position are available by contacting Professor Desiree Plata at dplata@mit.edu.

In addition to applying online via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references (all as PDFs) directly to Professor Plata. Applications will be reviewed as received.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.