Post Doc Organic Chemist

New Zealand Forest Research Institute trading as Scion
Rotorua (Territorial authority), Bay of Plenty (NZ)
Upon application
Jun 07, 2018
Jul 01, 2018
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Organic, Polymers
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for an organic chemist to engage in an international research collaboration
  • We want to give you the opportunity to research novel high performance polymeric materials derived from lignin
  • Full time, two year, fixed term position, based in Rotorua, New Zealand and Boeretang, Belgium

Scion (New Zealand) and VITO (Belgium) seek a skilled and enthusiastic chemist to investigate the synthesis and performance of novel thermoplastic and thermoset polymers derived from depolymerised lignins. The project will involve aspects of lignin depolymerisation, lignin model compound synthesis, polymer synthesis and characterisation, and materials property testing. A successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD and research experience in polymer and/or organic chemistry with a track record of publication in international journals.

The Postdoctoral fellow will undertake research work both in New Zealand and Belgium supported by expertise in lignin and biopolymer chemistry, and materials science at Scion and VITO. This unique opportunity will provide you with internationally recognised skills and knowledge in the field of biopolymer processing for value-added biomaterials that will advance your research career.

Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, is committed to enhancing the environmental and economic transformation of New Zealand, working toward a more sustainable, bio-based future. With more than 60 years of heritage in forestry science, Scion today demonstrates national leadership, world-class innovation and excellence in research and development. Scion's head office is located in Rotorua, at the edge of the world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest. This location is close to lakes, forests, geothermal areas, beaches and volcanic ski-fields making it a great working environment with many opportunities to balance work with other things that are important in life.

VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (, is an independent research organisation with a staff of approximately 760 employees. It implements customer-oriented research and develops innovative products and processes for both the public and private sector in the areas of chemistry, materials, environment, energy and health. The multidisciplinary skills and technological know-how of VITO's employees make this organisation a crossroads of research & development, where state-of-the-art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications.

Closing date:   1 July 2018

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