Research Associate

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program invites applications for a full-time Research Associate position in the laboratory of Prof. Wil Srubar. The University of Colorado provides an outstanding, world-class research environment. A highly motivated and independent Research Associate is sought with training and expertise the area of organic polymer synthesis, physics, and/or chemistry with an interest in inorganic cement chemistry. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), involves the discovery, design, synthesis, and characterization of biomimetic ice-binding polymers that mimic the behavior of antifreeze proteins found in plants, fish, insects, and bacteria.

The Research Associate will design, organize, and conduct advanced organic polymer synthesis and characterization experiments using established protocols, as well as mentor and guide graduate and undergraduate student research. When appropriate, the Research Associate will design new protocols to advance specialized experimentation and materials characterization techniques related to the structure, function, and activity of native IBPs and biomimetics.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


• PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science (or related discipline);

• Strong knowledge and experience in polymer synthesis and characterization;

• Excellent writing skills, as evidenced by multiple peer-reviewed publications;

• Willingness to explore organic-inorganic interactions between polymers and cements;

• Ability to work independently, but a passion for (and commitment to) interdisciplinary research.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10331 - CivilEng-Civil,Env&Arch Engin

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 20, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Wil Srubar

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00601555