Research Associate in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University College of Engineering
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Civil And Environmental Engineering 10016148
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Position Summary

A postdoctoral Research Associate position in Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) is available in Dr. Annick Anctil’s group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. Dr. Anctil’s research seeks to reduce the environmental impact of new technologies. Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is used to identify critical steps in current technologies and guide greener alternatives by combining theoretical environmental assessment and experimental work.

The LCA Scientist will be a key member of two projects related to plastic recycling and possibly other material recycling projects. The suitable candidate will support a multi-disciplinary team focused on developing new cleaning and upcycling plastic waste methods. The role involves collecting inventory data, modeling chemical processes using Aspen process simulation, and conducting life cycle assessment studies. More information on Dr. Anctil’s research group is available on her website:

Dr. Anctil will work closely with the successful candidate in a collaborative lab environment to develop the project and help the trainee achieve their career goals. The appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of two additional years based on satisfactory performance and continuation of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Civil, Environmental, Chemical or Materi

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering or a closely related field.
  • Applicants must have significant experience in Life Cycle Assessment
  • Applicants must have strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Applicants are expected to work well in a team setting and be highly self-motivated.

Desired Qualifications

  • Research expertise in sustainability, techno-economic assessment (TEA) and circular economy.
  • Chemical process modeling using Aspen process simulation.
  • Ability to supervise graduate and undergraduate researchers.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are required to submit a research statement, a CV, and contact information of three references.

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jan 13, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Jan 13, 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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