Research Associate *Extended Deadline*
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 20291 Posted: 10/26/2023

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving his or her educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At Parkside we offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as an engaging and supportive work environment. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title: Research Associate

Employment Type: Full time, Academic Staff

Reports To: The Research Associate will report to Dr. Zhaohui Li. Geoscience Department

Full Time Pay Range: $54,000-$55,000

Essential Job Functions

One full-time post-doctoral Research Associate position is available in the College of Natural and Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Parkside (UWP). We are seeking a recent graduate with a Ph.D. degree and experience in conducting experiments for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) removal using advanced materials. Major research areas include studying PFAS removal in batch and column experiments and deciphering the mechanisms associated with the removal. Experience in collecting water samples in wetlands and lakes for PFAS analyses and using single quad and triple quad HPLC-MS for PFAS analyses is needed. In addition, the incumbent will be involved in research to promote sustainable agriculture, a project funded by NSF Engine, and will also be able to participate in a project funded by Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a joint adventure by a group of multidisciplinary researchers in Chemistry, Earth Materials, Hydrogeology, and Civil and Environmental Engineering from UWP and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM). Furthermore, the incumbent will have a chance to teach a course per semester in the academic year in his/her specialty or courses related to Geosciences or Chemistry.


Successful candidates will have completed a PhD, in Materials Sciences, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or a related field. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and creative thinking to generate new approaches for contaminant removal are advantages. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated strong analytical skills and technical specialty. Experience working with PFAS is definitely a plus. Opportunities to mentor undergraduate students are available, and dependent on candidate interest. Successful applicants would also have opportunities to design and conduct new/ongoing experiments and field studies as well as opportunities to analyze, interpret, and publish existing datasets.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references
  • Teaching Philosophy

Review of Applications

Applications received by 3/31/2024 are ensured full consideration. Position open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Amber Marzette

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