Postdoctoral Research Scholar

NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

150301 - Forest Biomaterials


150301 - Forest Biomaterials

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

· Conduct experimental research to achieve the following goals:o Formulate stable oil-in-water emulsions using renewable nanomaterialso Generate and characterize renewable nanomaterials of diverse chemistrieso Conduct chemical modifications on renewable nanomaterials· Conduct a thorough literature search and review that include a detail screening of publications and patents published in the field· Attend biweekly meetings with the NCSU team to discuss research progress and update; meetings will be documented with (at least) a presentation summarizing the work done.· Report and share the research progress and results to the industry sponsor and NCSU team through monthly meetings· Disseminate the research results through the writing of publications/patents and presentation at conferences· Be involved in lab management and safety· Respect confidentiality of the project· Apply trusted standard in research, ethics and compliance

Other Work/Responsibilities:

· Develop and work on novel and extended research projects· Teamwork with other graduate students· Training of students on equipment and specific lab procedures· Mentoring graduate students and undergraduate students· Help write research & teaching proposals

Work Schedule:

M - F, 8A - 5P

Department Required Skills:

· Previous experimental research experience involving renewable (nano)materials (especially cellulose and lignin), biopolymers, emulsion formulation, colloidal chemistry, green chemistry, and surface chemistry modifications· Previous expertise and work on lignocellulosic biomass, chemistry, and characterization· Problem-solving skills supported with peer-reviewed scientific publications· Previous mentoring and/or teaching experiences· Proficient in English language (speaking, writing, and listening)· Previous lab management and safety experience

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

· Experimental experience with renewable nanomaterials; in particular, cellulose nanomaterials (or so-called nanocellulose)· Expertise in colloidal chemistry and surface chemistry modification strategies (along with the use of analytical characterization methods)· At least 1-year of postdoctoral experience and/or work in industry· Expertise in managing intellectual properties including prior art searches and review, patent prosecutions, collection and synthesis of technical information.

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