Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plastics Engineering

Job description

Job no: 506419
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Plastics Engineering
Salary: Salary based on grant of up to $53,000
Applications Open: Nov 12 2020
Applications Close:

General Summary of Position:

We are seeking a candidate for a Postdoctoral appointment working in the area of nanofiber spinning which includes centrifugal spinning, electrospinning, and melt electrospinning, and particle filtration. In addition, we also look for a candidate with a strong background on polymer materials science, nonwovens, fiber spinning methods that include but not limited to wet spinning and melt spinning. The candidate should have expertise in design of experiments, polymer processing, fabric construction, and materials characterization. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with polymer processing techniques- such as extrusion, drawing, and post-processing- and will be comfortable applying statistics methods. The ideal candidate will have sound knowledge of polymer structure- process- property relationships. The candidate should be thoroughly familiar with important characterization techniques such as DSC, TGA, Rheometry, and tensile testing. The ideal candidate should have an understanding of the role fibers play in fabric formation and quality. Experience leading student groups in addition to presenting research to academic and industrial audiences are critical. Other tasks will include documentation of research findings, meeting with other research staff, supervising graduate students, collaboration on and presentation of scientific papers, grant and proposal writing, and industrial outreach. This position is available for 12 months, with a possibility for a 6 to 12 month renewal with funding availability.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • PhD in the field of Plastics Engineering, Polymer Processing, Polymer Sciences, Polymer Engineering or related field
  • The candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Expertise in major plastics processing techniques
  • Prior experience with working in interdisciplinary teams is preferable


  • Fiber spinning, nanofiber fabrication and characterization, design of experiments, fiber design, fabric construction, polymer structure- process- property relationships, DSC, TGA and polymer rheology
  • Publication record is also important
  • Other tasks will include documentation of research findings, meeting with other research staff, supervising graduate students, collaboration on scientific papers, and presentation of research findings to internal and external audiences, proposal writing and grant application
  • This position requires a high level of understanding of the relationship between processing, polymer structure and properties

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates considered after that period.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. The initial appointment will be for 12 months with a possibility of renewal based on productivity and performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a resume/CV with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application. Submission of a cover letter is optional.




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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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