2 Process Engineers: July 2011 – June 2013
Earth and Environmental Engineering Department at Columbia University, based in
Waste to Biodiesel Production
Applications for two process engineers are sought for a pilot-scale project focusing on the production of biodiesel from human waste generated in on-site sanitation systems. These positions are for a two-year project set in Accra, Ghana, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project is a collaboration among Waste Enterprisers Ltd., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Columbia University. Additionally, this project has both technology development and business development aspects and aims to develop a new and scalable paradigm for sustainable sanitation and resource recovery, particularly for developing urban areas.
Applicants are expected to have an Associates or Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in environmental engineering or chemical engineering or a related discipline, with a strong focus and solid expertise in design, scale-up and operation of fermentation bioreactors and chemical reactors specifically geared towards biodiesel production. International experience is desired but not a must. As part of technology development, the process engineers will have the opportunity to work in close concert with M.S. and Ph.D. students from KNUST as well as members of the Columbia University Engineers without Borders, Ghana Program.
The engineers will be based in Accra, Ghana for the duration of the project, which will commence in July 2011, and will be formally employed by Columbia University. The remuneration package will be commensurate with experience and will include all standard Columbia University retirement and medical benefits. The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and re-appointment will be based on performance and funding.
Accra, the capital city of Ghana, West Africa, is a coastal city with a population of approximately 3 million within the greater metropolitan area. The city offers access to all basic amenities, a wide range of local and international dining options, and is easy and safe to navigate.
Applications should include a detailed CV describing experience especially relevant to this project, a summary statement of interest and names and contacts of at least three referees. Please email applications in one pdf file to either Dr. Kartik Chandran at or Dr.Ashley Murray at .Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The University does not discriminate against or permit harassment of employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, age, alienage and citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status.