Research Associate Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Depending on Experience
Mar 07, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Research Associate – Fixed Term

Job no: 563336
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary:
A postdoctoral Research Associate position is immediately available in the group of Professor John R. Dorgan in the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University.

The selected researcher will work to develop new biobased resin systems for use in composite materials. The successful candidate will have a strong background in experimental polymer science. Responsibilities include characterization of novel biobased polymers; reactive polymer solutions will be characterized by rheological methods. Composite test panels and prototypical parts will be fabricated using resin transfer molding (RTM) and vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) methods. Mechanical property testing will also conducted. Salary is commensurate with experience. A doctoral degree in Polymer Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering or related field is required. The position is initially for one year, renewable annually based on performance and availability of funding.

Required Degree:
A doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related field is required.

Minimum Requirements:
Requires a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Applicants must have defended their PhD by the time of employment.

Desired Qualifications:
Prior publication record in polymer materials science; extensive laboratory experience.

Required Application Materials:

  • a cover letter stating your background, experiences, skills, interest in the position, and career objectives;
  • a curriculum vitae or resume;
  • names and contact information for two references who can write a letter on your behalf and discuss your research skills; and
  • a relevant sample of research output

To apply:
Interested individuals should submit an application for this position through and refer to position #563336. For full consideration, applications should be received before March 25, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the position is filled.

MSU Statement:
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university actively encourages applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities