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RAPID, Fellow

Department: RAPID Technical Dept
Location: New York, NY

AIChE, founded in 1908, is a professional society of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities, and government, using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. AIChE fosters and disseminates chemical engineering knowledge, assists the professional and personal growth of its members, and applies the expertise of its members to address societal needs and improve the quality of life. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and chemical plant safety and security.

The RAPID Manufacturing Institute, part of the Manufacturing USA network, operates out of AIChE, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to promote transformation of the chemical process industry with the goals of improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and increasing safety and productivity. 
The position is nominally a 12-month postdoctoral appointment with a target start date of June 1, 2021, and ending no later than July 31, 2022, with an option to extend for another 12 months. The position may be fulfilled via telecommuting with a demonstrated ability to work across geographic boundaries with multi-location teams. 

Position Summary
The RAPID Fellow works with RAPIDís Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Director of Outreach, Education, and Membership to facilitate a wide range of technical, outreach and education activities within the RAPID Manufacturing Institute. The RAPID Fellow works with a diverse RAPID staff to facilitate a portfolio of research projects and the engagement with current/prospective RAPID members and the broader community. The successful person for this role will coordinate seamlessly with project managers and have the ability to learn quickly, and engage technically in diverse projects in chemical engineering science.  Experience in process development, process intensification, and/or process systems engineering is desired.


  • Perform and review analyses (e.g., TEA/LCA) of new process technologies and performance relative to RAPIDís institute metrics in partnership with project teams.
  • Provide technical insights needed to monitor project teams relative to milestones, identify any problems or successes, manage risks, clear roadblocks, and assist with work plan changes and/or project close-outs
  • Assist senior-level RAPID technical team with research project teambuilding, engineering consulting, grant writing and other institute sustainability related activities 
  • Strategize with senior-level RAPID technical team staff to assist with strategic program management
  • Work with subject-matter experts to create and review educational materials including eLearning content and face-to-face course materials
  • Assist with member recruitment, onboarding, and retention
  • Organize logistics and other administrative functions for virtual and face-to-face meetings and events
  • Travel approximately 20% (anticipated after the economy opens and travel restrictions are lifted)


  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Project management 
  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Organized
  • Meticulous

Preferred Software Proficiencies

  • MS Office Products (PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook)
  • MS Teams, Smartsheets, and other project management software 
  • Web conferencing (e.g., WebEx, Zoom) software
  • Experience using commercial process simulation and modeling software (e.g. Aspen Plus, Chemcad, gPROMS, Pro/II, etc.) and other custom modeling environments

Educational Requirements

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering or related discipline from an accredited university

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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