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Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Mar 26, 2024


The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions in the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, fiscal year (12-month), non-tenure track position, anticipated to begin May 2024. Subsequent appointments may be offered on an annual basis, under the same terms and conditions, contingent on satisfactory performance, availability of resources and the needs of the university. The Research Professor will provide the engineering expertise to conceive, design, evaluate, optimize, build and promote commercial-scalable systems and technologies for carbon dioxide direct air capture, use and storage. This position is expected to invent systems and new unit operations, as well as build integrated unit operations into novel processes and systems to enable energy efficient carbon capture technology.

Applicants with any of the following prior experience are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Process design and optimization
  • Hazards and operations reviews
  • EH&S considerations
  • Process simulation software
  • P&ID diagrams

Essential Duties:

  • Support and execute research programs under the CNCE.
  • Mentor, advise and supervise graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers within the CNCE.
  • Develop, design, and build process systems for capturing and processing of CO2.
  • Support the technical engineering efforts of Carbon Collect, Limited, or other external partners, and liaison with engineering and EPC firms to develop demonstration- and commercial- scale direct air capture systems.
  • Provide a strong engineering interface with external commercial entities to support the business development of direct air capture systems.
  • Provide experiential guidance and insight on chemical process industries, applications, and best practices.
  • Create computational models to simulate and optimize processes.
  • Structure and direct technology development planning.
  • Design experiments and experimental systems for concept and design development.
  • Build and operate bench-scale, pilot-scale, and demonstration-scale systems, as needed.
  • Perform rigorous techno-economic analyses.
  • Support research funding proposals.
  • Prepare scholarly presentations and publications.
  • Conceive and prepare invention disclosures.
  • Promote collaboration between the CNCE and other ASU entities, as well as other external universities, organizations, and corporations.



  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 7 years research experience related to process and systems engineering


  • Experience engaging with stakeholders inside and outside the university
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Application Instructions

Only electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply for this position, submit the following required application materials:

  1. A detailed cover letter that includes a description of applicant’s research interests and relevant experience and vision related to the position.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (include name, title, affiliation, email address, phone number).

Review of applications will begin April 25, 2024 and, if not filled, a review will occur every Friday thereafter until the search is closed.

Inquiries should be directed to Travis Johnson (Travis.A.Johnson@asu.edu).