Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Center For Renewable Carbon

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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Post-Doctoral Research Associate -  Center For Renewable Carbon

Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 00

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is the state flagship university and leading over 100 research institutes. Located near the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by numerous lakes, Knoxville was ranked as one of the Country’s Top 100 Best place to live. The Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC) is an interdisciplinary research and development unit at the UTK. The CRC team advances the science needed to develop new technologies that enable the use of renewable feedstocks for sustainable materials, chemicals, fuels, and energy to build a sustainable bio-economy. More information about the CRC can be found at
The CRC team seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The successful candidate will join the Dr. Cui laboratory exploring novel technologies that convert CO2 and lignocellulosic materials/organic wastes to high-functioning bio-polymer and bio-plastics. This is a grant-funded position. 
Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Tennessee, 2506 Jacob Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996.

Requirements of the position:
Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates for this position are expected to have:
    •    A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Material Science and Engineering, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biological/Biosystems Engineering, or a related fields. Candidates who are in the process of obtaining a degree may be considered, but the degree must be conferred by September 30, 2021 with official transcripts provided as verification;
    •    Research experience/expertise in CO2 utilization (especially CO2 to polymer), lignocellulosic biomass conversion, bio-polymer modification, characterization, and bio-products production (of particular interest to biodegradable plastics), and catalysts; 
    •    Excellent written and communication skills; 
    •    A demonstrated ability to work independently and to find solutions for engineering problems; 
    •    Strong sense of responsibility, high enthusiasm for work, and good mentorship that support graduate students;
Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with more than one of the following research experiences are highly preferred: development of bio-polycarbonates from CO2; bio-plastics; lignocellulosic materials (i.e., lignin) conversion; catalysis for CO2 polymerization; and functional materials. 

    •    The successful candidate will conduct research on funded projects in CO2 utilization, biodegradable plastics, and lignocellulosic materials conversion. A wide range of subjects may be focused on including catalyst, organic waste treatment, and functional materials modification; 
    •    Prepare project reports and peer-review manuscripts, assist to prepare project proposals, and present results at conferences;
    •    Train new group members with necessary laboratory skills; 
    •    Manage and organize laboratory resources (e.g., maintain high quality research log books); 
    •    Additional duties to further the mission of the group (e.g., maintain a strong commitment to the research program).
The position is a regular full-time position available for one year with potential for a 12-month renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available grant funding. Salary and benefits are competitive. The University of Tennessee offers a comprehensive benefits packages to all regular employees. The expected started date is as soon as possible.
To apply for this positon, please complete an online application at and upload a letter of interest (1~2 page) that outlines your suitability for the position, curriculum vitae (CV), the contact details of three professional references, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts if applicable. For additional information, please email Dr. Shaoqing Cui at [email protected] or Lyssa McKenry at [email protected] 

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Center For Renewable Carbon
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 31, 2021, 7:59:26 AM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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