Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering
The Chemical Engineering Department of Bucknell University seeks a creative and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research associate position to conduct research on the design, preparation, and characterization of new soft, polymeric composites for use in shape memory and self-healing applications. Our laboratory focuses on smart polymeric materials, with an emphasis on innovative design concepts at the nanometer-scale and utilization of novel electrospinning methods for the preparation of composite reinforcement. Mechanical and microstructural characterization methods are utilized to establish and then exploit processing-structure-property relationships in the new materials. The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research in collaboration with a small business on a project that is sponsored by a DoD agency. Our goal is to develop new materials of use in surgical training mannequins.
Applicants should hold a PhD materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, or related field. Experience in the synthesis or processing of soft polymeric materials (elastomers and gels) and physical and microstructural characterization of materials is required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary polymer engineering laboratory comprised of postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position with an expected term of one year.
Please note that U.S. citizenship is required under the restrictions of a government grant that funds this position.
To apply, please go to the Bucknell's career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV, including the names and contact information for three references.
Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.