Department of Chemical Engineering

UC Berkeley Engineering Preview Day

UC Berkeley Engineering Preview Day

The College of Engineering is hosting its second annual  Engineering Preview Day, April 30-May 2.  This 3 day event will allow students to meet individually with engineering faculty in their discipline, socialize with our graduate students, network with campus research centers and Bay Area National Labs as well as tour both campus and the city of San Francisco.
Students can apply on-line: The deadline to apply is April 16. More details can be found in the attached flyer and 
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Post-doc Position at West Virginia University

The Department of Chemical Engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow to support Dr. Rakesh K. Gupta’s research program on rheology of polymer solutions. This program involves rheological characterization of polymer solutions and melts in terms of their shear and extensional flow behavior as it relates to designing a fiber spinning operation. Data generated with such characterization will be modeled using theoretical and numerical methods with the objective of optimizing polymer fiber properties. This is an industry sponsored project, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry research partners.
The applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline when the appointment begins and have expertise in some of the following areas:
* Expertise in experimental characterization of shear and extensional flow behavior of polymeric fluids.
* Expertise in the use of rotational, extensional and capillary viscometers.
* Ability to build and adapt custom equipment for rheological and visualization experiments.
* Experience with theoretical and numerical methods for constitutive modeling of extensional flow and viscoelastic behavior of polymers.
* Understanding of the thermodynamics of deforming polymeric fluids.
* Experience with mixing and demixing of polymer melts and solutions.
* Understanding of mass transfer through polymers.
* Experience with polymer characterization methods including calorimetry, electron microscopy, mechanical property determination, spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis.
* Ability to guide and mentor graduate students and collaborate effectively with co-investigators.
* Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing as demonstrated, for example, by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at technical meetings.
* Ability to meet deadlines and prepare, present, and report results effectively.
The candidate is expected to perform other related duties in support of the research activities undertaken by the Department. Duties will include but are not limited to:
* Guiding graduate and/or undergraduate students who will also work on the project.
* Liaison with other researchers from national labs, academia, and industry on all aspects related to this work and help with writing proposals to seek funding.
* Writing monthly and quarterly reports in specific formats detailing progress towards achieving the assigned research objectives.
* Maintaining documentation detailing progress.
* Writing manuscripts for publications and presenting papers at technical conferences detailing the important results.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is entitled to full benefits as offered by West Virginia University.
Applicants must include a curriculum vita and a statement of research interests, unofficial copies of all university transcripts, as well as names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references.
Review of the applications will begin April 15, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please send application materials by e-mail or by U.S. mail to:
Ms. Linda Rogers
Post-Doctoral Fellow Position (RKG)
West Virginia University
Department of Chemical Engineering
P.O Box 6102
Morgantown, WV 26506
For further information, contact Dr. Rakesh K. Gupta by telephone (304) 293-9342, or
WVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities, in commitment to building a diverse body of faculty and staff. West Virginia University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity.

Post-doc Opening at Sandia National Laboratories

Postdoctoral Opening at Sandia National Laboratories
Fluid Sciences and Engineering Department
The Fluid Sciences and Engineering Department is seeking an applicant for a post-doctoral appointment. The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, or other related engineering field. The applicant should have a strong background in solving coupled multi-physics problems, particularly in the areas of species transport, fluid dynamics, and wetting. Under the guidance of members of the technical staff, the applicant will develop computational models for simulating coupled problems involving electromagnetics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, energy transport, and chemical reaction processes, and will implement these models in an in-house finite element code. The applicant will then use these validated models to analyze applied problems of national security interest. Models will be improved based on comparisons to experimental data. The applicant will also pursue research and development in the area of reactive wetting.
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, or other related engineering field
Familiarity with computational modeling and using the Linux or similar operating system
Record of peer-reviewed publication
Ability to obtain a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted Q-level security clearance
Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems including microscale physics
Demonstrated ability to work in large, multi-disciplinary teams
Familiarity with programming languages and numerical analysis packages, including C, C++, and Matlab
Experience using and/or writing scientific finite element codes
Experience in modeling multiphase transport, materials science, and chemical processes, particularly in the area of chemical dissolution and phase diagrams
Demonstrated capability preparing and presenting briefings to technical peers and program and line management (internal and external).
Ability to work towards a constantly changing target, with intermittent sprints and hard deadlines
Travel 2-4 times per year to participate in program meetings
For more information or to apply, visit, click “View All Jobs”, then click on “Advanced Search” and search for job opening 645447, or click this direct link.
For more information:
Technical Point of Contact: Dr. Scott A. Roberts, (505)
Hiring Manager: Dr. Daniel J. Rader, (505)

P&G Doctoral Recruiting FIRST Conference 2014

FIRST stands for Focusing on Industrial Recruitment of Scientific Talent.  For the last 23 years, the conference has exposed, recruited, and employed top PhD talent from the African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American communities. The conference provides participants with a clear picture of the career opportunities, expectations, and challenges that exist in industrial research. 


Participants will travel to Cincinnati-based technical centers to view industrial careers in action, network with a group of successful minority scientists and other professionals whose leadership in science and technology is well established, and gain a deeper understanding of the realities of cultural and workforce diversities. As a result of this experience, we believe participants will be able to make better and more informed decisions about their career choices.  Further, the conference is also a great opportunity for participants to interact, in both a technical and a social context, with peers from all over the country. 


The next FIRST annual conference will be held September 21-24, 2014. The conference is primarily intended for African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American doctoral and postdoctoral scientists who want to learn more about industrial research careers, but other qualified candidates, including foreign nationals, will be considered.  Applications are due by June 30, 2014.



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