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"Bhavik R. Bakshi" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 20 Nov 2006 12:32:03 -0500
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Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities
Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University

The Center for Resilience within the College of Engineering is
conducting a number of interdisciplinary research programs that address
the sustainability of industrial and ecological systems. We are
currently seeking candidates for two post-doc positions:

1) Research Director, Center for Resilience

This individual will assist the Co-Directors by providing technical
leadership for funded projects and directing the work of graduate
student researchers. He/she will focus on two interrelated projects:

* Modeling Biocomplexity for Alternative Fuels. Funded by NSF's
Biocomplexity in the Environment initiative, this project involves
developing multiscale deterministic and stochastic models to study the
broader economic and environmental impacts of industrial decisions
related to transportation fuels, and the impact of government policies
on industry. This framework will be applied to evaluate the life cycle
environmental and economic implications of alternate transportation
fuels, including ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen.

* Life Cycle Management Decision-Making. Funded by a global
manufacturer of heavy industrial equipment, this project will develop
and apply a life cycle assessment approach to evaluate the
environmental and financial trade -offs associated with product design
and manufacturing process selection decisions. This project will
involve application of methodologies developed in the Biocomplexity
project and other Center for Resilience projects. In addition, this
individual will provide research coordination for project teams working
on several other state-of-the-art projects in the areas of sustainable
design and industrial ecology.

2) Research Team Leader, Sustainability Metrics Development

This project, funded by the U.S. EPA, involves development and
deployment of sustainability indicators and metrics for a major campus
expansion being launched by the Ohio State University Medical Center .
The master plan calls for extensive incorporation of sustainable design
features, including advanced energy and lighting systems, use of
recycled materials, and flexible, open architecture. The successful
candidate will work closely with the planning team to develop suitable
  indicators for evaluating and monitoring the improved
sustainability and resilience of healthcare facilities. The results
will be an empirical validation of the benefits of sustainable design,
  and a rigorous, repeatable methodology for sustainable design value

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidates for these positions will
be motivated to perform research in a team-oriented, multidisciplinary
environment and to learn new concepts as necessary. A strong background
in at least some of the following areas is sought: 1) Life Cycle
Assessment, 2) Thermodynamic Analysis, 3) Systems Engineering, 4)
Network Modeling, 5) Applied Statistics, 6) Optimization. Relevant
prior experience, project management capabilities, familiarity with
computer models, and strong communication skills will also be important

Both positions are available immediately for a minimum period of one
year, renewable with satisfactory progress and availability of funds.
The stipend and benefits are competitive. Ohio State is the largest
campus in the U.S., and is located in Columbus, the 16th largest city in
the U.S.

Please send a resume' and names of three referees by Dec. 1, 2006 to
either of the Co-Directors:

Bhavik R. Bakshi, Professor Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
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Joseph Fiksel, Senior Research Scientist Dept. of Integrated Systems
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Please direct all telephone inquiries to Dr. Joseph Fiksel at 614-688-8155.