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Postdoctoral Scholar, Interfacial Wettability and Surface Force Measurements

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Department: Chemical Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering, Research

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

Dr. Lei Pan’s research group at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a postdoctoral associate position. This position is associated with two projects funded by the American Chemistry Society and National Science Foundation (PMP-1920013). Our projects feature close collaboration with modelling and experimental groups from other departments and universities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Responsibilities include writing proposals, creating manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research results at conferences, supervising graduate and undergraduate research, creating Standard Operating Procedures, and adhering to applicable safety protocols.

The successful candidate will conduct collaborative research in the area of interfacial wettability and surface force measurements using multiwavelength interferometry technique developed in this lab. The successful candidate will use and further develop the experimental techniques for understanding the interfacial wettability associated with the water flooding process as well as surface cleaning by bubbles. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in chemical engineering, or a closely related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Experience in operating light microscopy
Experience in assembling optical and mechanical systems
Experience in Matlab coding

Desirable Education and/or Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Extensive knowledge of colloid and interface chemistry
Excellent oral and written communication and language skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Experience with technical writing, especially with publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals
Demonstrated ability to deliver technical information to peer audiences 
Demonstrated ability to work with group members in a team

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities


Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Assistant Professor

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: Resume/CV, statement of research interests and contact details for three referees. Please contact Lei Pan at with any questions. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals. Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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