The Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) at Pittsburg State University is looking to hire a Senior Research Associate - Research Director to join us in our mission to expand our position as a leader in materials research. The KPRC is on the cutting edge of bio-based polymer research with a strong core competence in polyurethanes. As a senior member of our leadership team, you’ll join a dedicated team of scientists and business development specialists in identifying, and pursuing, promising research opportunities and transferring the resulting technologies into the marketplace. With our newly founded National Institute of Materials Advancement (NIMA) the polymer/plastics arena provides a broad range of opportunities to have a positive impact on the global environment and on the regional economy.
The Senior Research Associate - Research Director position pursues research funding opportunities, conducts research, and develops and tests chemicals, polymers, and new materials, while driving technology transfer into the marketplace. A Master’s degree (PhD preferred) in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field from an accredited institution and eight (8) years of industrial experience with chemistry, polymers and chemical research, including synthesis, characterization, material testing, and interpretation of research and results are required. In addition, experience with intellectual property and product commercialization is vital.
A full description of the position and online application is available at https://www.pittstate.edu/jobs/hr/ . Electronic submissions only. Interested and qualified applicants should upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Position is open until filled. Pittsburg State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. A criminal background check will be required for employment.