Open faculty position

The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications and nominations for tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. Positions are available at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor Level; candidates interested in the Associate and Full Professor ranks are particularly encouraged to apply.

The faculty search is focused on Environmental Engineering, with a preferred focus on Water Science and Technology. Candidates are especially sought in the areas, including, but not limited to environmental biotechnology, energy and resource recovery from water, environmental reactive transport, environmental sensors, environmental nanotechnology, and systems-level analysis of advanced water technologies. Applicants with an interest and expertise in translating fundamental advances into practice through innovation and entrepreneurship are also encouraged to apply. The department’s existing strengths in the chemistry of aquatic systems, aerosol science and technology, systems biology, nanomaterials synthesis and application for environmental and energy systems, and energy research will benefit the new faculty’s water science and technology research program.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, or a related discipline. The selected faculty will be expected to build and maintain strong externally-supported research programs and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates for senior-level appointments (Associate or Full Professor) must have a strong record of achievement in research and teaching. There are opportunities for collaborations with other researchers in the School of Engineering and throughout the University. We anticipate that the career development of new hires will benefit from participation in school-wide and university-wide initiatives on energy and the environment that include the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership, Institute for Public Health, and the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering. Candidates interested in exploring innovation opportunities will also benefit from access to the Cortex Innovation Community that offers a vibrant ecosystem in support of entrepreneurial activities in the St. Louis area.

Applicants should submit a cover letter articulating their interest in this opportunity, along with their curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, and a statement of teaching interests and philosophy to The combined length of the research and teaching statements should not exceed five pages. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be submitted through the online system. Questions regarding the process should be directed to the search committee chair Dr. Young-Shin Jun. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but priority will be given to those received by December 1, 2018.

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Postdoctoral researcher

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this position, follow the direction below.

1. Please include the following in the application email: Cover letter, including research and career interests, CV, Preprints of publications (if listed on your CV, but not yet available)
2. Please send the application to: Tae Seok Moon,

Job Type/Schedule
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location
This position is in the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering (the Danforth Campus in the McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis).

Essential Functions
We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to start Synthetic Biology projects in the Moon lab. We aim to engineer microbes for addressing energy, environmental, and health issues. Specifically, we are interested in developing synthetic biology tools, constructing genetic circuits, and engineering regulatory RNAs in diverse bacteria. For more information, please visit our website:

Required Qualifications
1. A recent PhD degree (within past 2 years) in chemical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, physics, microbiology, molecular biology, or related areas
2. Experience in molecular biology techniques is essential.
3. The Postdoctoral Researcher is required to work independently, supervise PhD students, assists with grant preparation and reporting, and collaborate with other labs.
4. Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
5. The Postdoctoral Researcher should be highly motivated with the commitment to excel in the competitive research field of synthetic biology.

Preferred Qualifications
Applicants with prior experience in bacterial synthetic biology are desired.

Salary Range
The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

This position is eligible for full-time benefits.

EOE Statement
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.