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R&D Co-op - Spring Term 2022

Company: Omya
Location: Cincinnati
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

BASIC FUNCTION:
As a Co-op, you will apply highly developed specialist knowledge and skills in performing complicated physical and/or chemical analyses on calcium carbonate or products containing calcium carbonate according to established and experimental laboratory methods. Use advanced analytical and area specific instrumentation as well as industry specific processing methods. Responsible for logging in samples, entering data, and reporting data.
Ideal candidates will focus on the following project.

  • Waste Water Treatment:
  • Wastewater treatment is a foundational element to environmental conservation and resource management. Effective treatment of wastewaters typically includes a combination of mechanical, chemical and biological treatment components. One of the most influential control variables in wastewater treatment is pH as it affects nearly every chemical and biological function. Many wastewater operations rely on chemical additives for pH management to ensure stable and efficient treatment.
  • Increased concerns over the health and safety profiles of chemicals used in treatment plants are driving the market away from hazardous materials traditionally used for pH and alkalinity control. Calcium carbonate slurries have the potential to serve as a safer, more effective alternative for pH and alkalinity control in many wastewater treatment processes. Numerous characteristics of pH control agents are evaluated in the assessment of their suitability for a wastewater application, but one key characteristic is reaction kinetics. The reaction kinetics of the material under certain aqueous conditions provide critical information to understanding how it will perform in a full-scale system.
  • The purpose of this project is to better understand the reaction kinetics of calcium carbonate slurries in various aqueous environments and how the kinetics compare to other alkaline mineral slurries. The results obtained from this project are expected to aid in understanding the fitness and limitations of calcium carbonate slurries in wastewater treatment applications and better predict their performance in a myriad of wastewater conditions.
    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Develop a fundamental understanding of key wastewater treatment processes and how pH and alkalinity control plays a role in wastewater treatment.
    • Work with the Omya Technology Center Cincinnati and Omya Environmental Solutions teams to design and conduct experiments that allow for the accurate and repeatable assessment of reaction kinetics for the mineral slurries in question under a variety of conditions.
    • Collect the gathered data and observations and report the findings to the Omya Environmental Solutions team.
    • Laboratory Duties Perform advanced and non-routine product analysis using a variety of analytical techniques (e. g. particle size analysis, rheometers, spectroscopy, etc).
    • Participate in designing experiments / tests.
    • Estimate the resources and time required to conduct an experiment / test and monitor performance to ensure these targets are met.
      QUALIFICATIONS:
      Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Polymer Science or Material Science.
      Able to work on multiple projects under deadlines and be prepared to demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities, communicate and work effectively with other team members. Ability to work on multiple projects under deadlines and be prepared to demonstrate initiative and problem-solving abilities.
      Must possess current US employment authorization; sponsorship not available for this position.
      EOE

Keywords: Omya, Cincinnati , R&D Co-op - Spring Term 2022, Other , Cincinnati, Ohio

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