Temporary; extramural funds; to begin approximately April 2017.

Duties and Responsibilities: Performs chemical analysis of experimental samples in the laboratory. For special analysis that cannot be done in the laboratory, prepare and deliver samples to other laboratories or research centers for the service (e.g. biomass samples to Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center and water samples to SOEST Laboratory for Analytical Biogeochemistry). Designs, fabricates, installs and tests equipment in consultation with PI as needed for conversion of biomass into chemicals and fuels. Sets up operating protocols of analytical instruments and maintains the instruments according to manufacturers’ schedule. Conducts experimental research on biomass conversion and product recovery.  Monitors the performance of lab equipment and ensures their good safe working conditions by performing regular calibration and contracting services. Collaborates with research staff to interpret data and results, develops and maintains research database, writes reports, and contributes to manuals and manuscripts on research activities. Maintains laboratory equipment and standard operating procedures of chemicals and gas cylinders to ensure compliance with safety and hazardous wastes management in accordance with UHM EHSO and other legal regulations. Completes and updates job safety analysis (JSA), quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) and standard operating procedures (SOPs). Keeps records of laboratory equipment usage and maintenance. Follows EHSO procedures to label and dispose hazardous wastes. Provides initial laboratory safety training to new laboratory users (e.g., student help, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, etc.) and identifies and maintains appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) for the laboratory and its users. Updates laboratory chemical hygiene plan and submits closeout checklist. Updates and submits chemical inventory list and laboratory safety documents to the Safety Coordinator of HNEI according to the institute’s lab safety procedures, e.g., EHSO lab safety self-inspection checklist, HIOSH self-inspection checklists, standard operating procedures (SOPs), laboratory personnel safety checklists, and training records.  Other duties as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Possession of a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field and 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for laboratory research and safety management in liquid fuels, chemical reaction, and instrumental analysis, or related field; or equivalent education/training or experience. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the chemistry, thermal catalysis, thermal reactors, separation operations, or related field as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with laboratory safety, flammable liquids, pressured gases, and hazardous wastes. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations. Any equivalent combination of education and/or professional work experience which provides the required education, knowledge, skills and abilities as indicated. Demonstrated experience with sampling, handling and measuring of essential physical and chemical properties of experimental samples. Proven ability to install laboratory equipment for thermal catalytic conversion under safe controlled conditions. Proven ability to install laboratory equipment for recovery of desired products from mixtures. Proven ability and knowledge in the use and maintenance of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC), UV/VIS spectrophotometer, and other common laboratory instruments. Demonstrated working knowledge and skills of chemical analysis and instruments and ability to use computer software for data collecting, processing and storage.

Desirable Qualifications:  Experience working with thermal catalytic biomass conversion.

Salary: PBB, commensurate with education and experience.

To Apply: Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, UH Form 64A (attach resume), names  of 3 professional references and official transcripts. All application documentation must be postmarked by the closing date and become property of the school. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Mail application to: Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, Attn:  Personnel Officer, 1680 East-West Road, POST 109, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Inquiries to: hnei@hawaii.edu.

Closing Date: March 10, 2017.

Check Deadline Date
Friday, March 10, 2017