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Research Scientist II

Company: South Dakota Board of Regents
Location: Rapid City
Posted on: May 31, 2021

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Research Scientist II

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Logo Institution SD School of Mines Working Title Research Scientist II Posting Number NFE01144P Department SDSMT-Civil & Environmental Engineering Physical Location of Position (City) Rapid City Posting Text

South Dakota Mines is seeking a Research Scientist II in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to work the new NSF RII-T1 project (#1849206). Project details can be found below: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?WD_ID=1849206&HistoricalAwards=false

The 2D-BEST researcher will develop rationally designed 2D coatings, with a primary goal of tuning surface properties that influence biofilm phenotypes on metal surfaces. The researcher will develop engineered 2D coatings on metal surfaces for subsequent use in biology experiments. The candidate researcher will assess the effects of surface properties on microenvironments in biofilms grown on 2D surfaces exposed to biofilms of sulfate reducing bacteria. The candidate will use microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to characterize the pristine and exposed forms of 2D coatings. The experiments will be designed to assess how the nano-scale heterogeneity of surface properties impact microenvironments in biofilms. The researcher will carry out independent research, provide an expert guidance to the juniors, collaborate with peers in the team, and contribute to journal publications and grant proposals.

We are seeking candidates with a strong background in material-microbe interactions and 2D material synthesis and characterization, The candidate is expected to have a prior strong experience in a suite of surface characterization techniques including optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, contact angle measurements, electron backscatter diffraction, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy and FTIR. The candidate should meet the following requirements: 1) must have a Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering or related degree by the start date; 2) must demonstrate an ability to use microscopy and spectroscopy techniques for assessing cell attachment and biofilm growth on rationally designed 2D coatings; 3) have experimental skills in 2D material synthesis and characterization; 4) guide undergraduate and graduate students, 5) have a publication record in fields including material-microbe interactions and 2D materials.

Direct all questions to Dr. Gadhamshetty, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor: venkata.gadhamshetty@sdsmt.edu with the subject line: 2D-BEST Research Scientist II.

Established in 1885, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is one of the nation's leading engineering, science and technology universities located in Rapid City, South Dakota. For prospective college students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM and eager to solve society's most pressing problems, South Dakota Mines delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today's fastest-growing industries.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,500 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 319 similar institutions across the United States. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 96 percent.

Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit: http://sdsmt.edu/The-Rushmore-Region/.

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at https://www.sdsmt.edu/employment/. Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin June 7, 2021. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Posting Date 05/12/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes First Consideration Date 06/07/2021 Advertised Salary Duration of the Term 12 months If Other, describe duration Appointment Percent 100 Work Hours Typical Hours Worked Per Week Appointment Type Regular Faculty Status No Scope of Search External (includes Internal) If internal, define scope of search This position requires No Requirement If other, please indicate Department Description and Cultural Expectations

The CEE Department has a BS degree in civil engineering, minors in environmental engineering and sustainable engineering, and three graduate degrees (MS CE, MS Construction Management, PhD CE), and participates in two interdisciplinary PhD programs. The department has fifteen full-time faculty and approximately 275 students. Additional information about the CEE Department may be found at http://cee.sdsmt.edu/.

Affirmative Action Statement Diversity Statement

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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