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Water Technology Specialist/Research Associate/Postdoctoral Position

University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $4,000 to $6,000 Yearly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: medical
Job Description

 Water Technology Specialist/Associate Researcher/Postdoctoral positions are available (part-time to full-time) at the UCLA Water Technology Research (WaTeR) Center for projects on the design, deployment, and operation of advanced water purification and desalination systems. The projects focus on: (a) wellhead membrane-based water treatment and desalination to ensure safe drinking water for remote and disadvantaged communities in California; (b) high recovery reverse osmosis (RO)/Nanofiltration(NF) desalting of brackish water and resource recovery from desalination concentrate; (c) system design and interaction with system fabricators; (d) laboratory tests of system components and refinements of local system controls/monitoring systems; (e) field deployment and oversight of water systems work in California; and (f) oversight of remote monitoring of deployed systems. These research positions provide unique opportunities to be involved with, and contribute to, a globally visible program in water technology and interact with collaborators and affiliates of the Center from industry and water agencies.

The mission of the WaTeR is to advance technologies of water production in order to develop new and affordable alternative sources of potable, irrigation, and consumptive water uses. The Center activities encompass science-based innovation, technology evaluation, advanced education, and rapid information dissemination.

The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is an exceptional research institution in an attractive and comfortable campus located in West Los Angeles. The position is for a period of 2 years, with the possibility for extension. The salary is competitive and includes a medical insurance program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in studies focused on distributed water treatment and desalination
  • Contribute to the design and field deployment of three small new RO/NF systems (~2,000 – 4,000 gallons/day water production)
  • Contribute to a team effort on the development and evaluation of membrane-based separation systems (e.g., MF, UF, NF, RO) and integrated system monitoring and control for water treatment and desalination
  • Participate and/or manage 3-4 water treatment and desalination field systems and contribute to associated field research in California
  • Assist in preparation of publications for peer reviewed journals, represent the Center at various working group meetings and national/international conferences
  • Assist in preparing proposals for funding to federal and non-federal granting agencies
  • Provide systems support for members of the WaTeR Center
  • Various elements of the position can be conducted remotely subject to preapproval


Education: An advanced degree in Chemical, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or a field related to the areas of experience described below or
Experience: Development and working familiarity with the design, deployment/operation of membrane based water treatment/desalination systems (capacity of ~1,000 -40,0000 gallons/day) including feed pre-treatment and product water post-treatment/disinfection. Experience with process control systems (hardware and software) would be a strong asset, in addition to familiarity with system performance testing and membrane fouling mitigation strategies.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume/CV and contact information for three references to Professor Yoram Cohen (Email:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


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