Visiting Research Engineer

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Champaign-Urbana, IL, IL, USA
  • Oct 20, 2021
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description

 

 

 

 Visiting Research Engineer

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at The Grainger College of Engineering seeks applicants for a Visiting Research Engineer.

 

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The Visiting Research Engineer will plan and conduct experiments involving different chemicals and solutions.  Utilize principles of fluid mechanics, mass transfer and heat transfer to accomplish separations and perform computations of flow and mass transfer. 

 

Specific duties and responsibilities include: 

 

Separation of solutions-

 

Separation of ethanol from its aqueous liquid solutions

Plan and conduct experiments involving the use of ultrasound to separate ethanol from its aqueous liquid solutions

Plan and conduct experiments involving the use of ultrasound to separate alkanols and other low-molecular weight solutes from multicomponent aqueous liquid solutions. Design continuous-flow processes and apparatus for ultrasound-driven separation of ethanol from its aqueous solutions, and of alkanols and other low-molecular weight solutes from multicomponent aqueous liquid solutions.

 

Mass Transfer Computations

 

Convective mass transfer computations relevant to fresh-cut produce safety

Complete draft of manuscript reporting high Schmidt number computations of "wash-out" of organic exudate Complete spectral-element computation of reaction of hypochlorite ion with gluconic acid

Draft manuscript reporting spectral-element computation of reaction of hypochlorite ion with gluconic acid

Modify existing plots for use in paper describing how previous results (Min, Fischer & Pearlstein, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 159, 119740, 2020) can be used to inform design of industrial produce-washing processes.

 

Other duties as assigned

 

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

 Education

Required:  Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or chemical engineering

 

Experience

Required:  Experience in using ultrasound to separate low-molecular weight solutes from aqueous binary and multicomponent aqueous solutions. •Experience in designing and modifying experimental systems involving continuous flow of non-isothermal binary and multicomponent liquids, and aerosols resulting from atomization of such liquids into a carrier gas. •Experience in using spectral-element techniques for fully-resolved computational solution of convective mass transfer problems at high Schmidt numbers relevant to liquids. •Experience in computation of binary and multicomponent liquids in which the viscosity is a significant function of composition. •Experience with use of automated meshing techniques for two- and three-dimensional computational domains •Experience in drafting scientific papers for publication •Experience in preparing and presenting oral presentations for diverse technical audiences •Experience with laboratory electronics, including selection of wiring and power supplies

 

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of heat transfer• Knowledge of mass transfer in liquid and liquid/gas flows of binary and multicomponent systems• Knowledge of fluid mechanics in liquid and

liquid/gas flows of binary and multicomponent systems• Knowledge of laboratory electronics• Experimental background and experience in using ultrasound to separate low molecular

weight solutes from aqueous binary and multicomponent aqueous solutions. •Ability to design and modify experimental systems involving continuous flow of

non-isothermal binary and multicomponent liquids, and aerosols resulting from atomization of such liquids into a carrier gas. •Knowledge of spectral-element techniques for

fully-resolved computational solution of convective mass transfer problems at high Schmidt numbers relevant to liquids. •Experience in computation of binary and

multicomponent liquids in which the viscosity is a significant function of composition. •Knowledge of meshing techniques for two- and three-dimensional computational domains. •Knowledge of written technical English sufficient to draft and revise scientific papers for publication. •Knowledge of spoken technical English sufficient to prepare

and present oral presentations for diverse technical audiences. •Knowledge of laboratory safety as it pertains to electrical, chemical, and thermal hazards. •Background and

experience in precision measurements of concentrations in aqueous solutions using high-performance liquid chromatography. •Use of the laboratory information system

LabVIEW. •Experience in using data acquisition hardware and software. •Excellent interpersonal skills. •Independent judgment in dealing with and reporting anomalies in

experiments and computations. •Ability to respond to time pressure.

Application Details

The Visiting Research Engineer position is a full time, benefits-eligible Academic Professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. This position may become permanent at a later date.  The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.  Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by November 1, 2021.  Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date.  For further information regarding application procedures, contact Hannah Dorsey, hdorsey@illinois.edu, 217-333-4978. 

 

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