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Postdoctoral Research Associate- Green Bioproducts

Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with benefits.
Closing date
Nov 20, 2021

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Laboratory, Research-Applied
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Postdoctoral Research Associate- Green Bioproducts

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Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking two highly motivated Research Associate/ Postdoctoral Researchers for developing lignin-based bioproducts. The researchers will be working on multiple research projects under the supervision of Dr. Mojgan Nejad. The candidate will be required to conduct biopolymer characterization, resin formulation, performance evaluation and to write technical project reports and refereed papers. These multidisciplinary projects are performed in close collaboration with multiple industry partners and the individual will have the opportunity to interact with polymeric industry leaders on regular basis. It is expected for the researchers to mentor undergraduate students in the lab and provide required lab and safety training. The position will begin as a one-year appointment with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

Required qualifications: The successful candidates will have an earned PhD in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, or chemical engineering by the position start date.

Preferred qualifications: Knowledge of lignin chemistry and lignin-based bioproduct developments such as adhesives, coatings, or foams; demonstrated ability to work with advanced analytical techniques such as NMR, FTIR, DSC, TGA, Rheometer, DMA, and GPC; expertise in multivariate data analysis; previous project management experience; and exceptional work ethic and professionalism.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

To Apply: Submit your application online at to position number 728142 before midnight (US Eastern time) on Friday, October 29, 2021. Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number). Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only individuals selected for interview will be contacted by email.

Application deadline: November 15, 2021. Desired start date is January 1, 2022. Applications received after November 15, 2021, will not receive priority review. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Nejad at

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the MSU Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.


Michigan State University is a major U.S. public doctoral degree–granting university with very high research activity, global reach, and reputation.  MSU is a world leader in basic and applied research in the areas of nuclear physics, global agrifood, plant sciences, supply chain management, and teacher education.

Founded in 1855, MSU is the nation’s pioneer land-grant university upon whose philosophy the Morrill Act was shaped.  It is one of only 18 land-grant universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities, among the top 100 research universities in the world, a member of the Big Ten athletic conference, and a member of The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA).  The University is located in East Lansing, Michigan, three miles from the state capitol in Lansing.

At MSU, instruction, research, and outreach are integrated to make the institution an innovative, responsive public resource for the 21st century.  The University is known for its high-quality undergraduate experience, which emphasizes participation in research, study abroad, and service-learning.

 MSU is noted for its outreach and partnerships both in Michigan and around the world.  In Michigan, MSU is active in outreach activities in every county through MSU Extension, and other programs.  Internationally, MSU has more than 250 active linkage partnerships in some 60 countries with international higher education institutions, government agencies, institutes, and research organizations.

The University’s extraordinary international engagement also is reflected by its position as one of the leading public university in the nation for study abroad participation. MSU ranks in the top 10 among public universities for both study abroad participation and international student enrollment.

Today, MSU leverages the land-grant notion that extraordinary potential lies in ordinary individuals to create circumstances in which that potential may be achieved.  In communities from Michigan to Malawi, our faculty and students deliver education, research and outreach capabilities that focus on solving the world’s most pressing problems—from ensuring safe food and water supplies and developing lifesaving vaccines to exploring alternative energy and preparing a new generation of urban educators.

A diverse and inclusive academic community, in fall 2013 MSU enrolled just over 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries and engaged nearly 2,000 tenure system faculty members.  The University offers 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges comprised of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, James Madison College, College of Law, Lyman Briggs College, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.  A number of MSU programs are nationally recognized or ranked, with 14 graduate programs ranked in the top 10 and 21 programs in the top 20 nationally by U.S. News & World Report (2017).  For an extensive list of MSU’s rankings and recognitions, please visit .

A recent indication of MSU’s excellence and impact is its selection in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams—a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes to fuel breakthrough applications as it provides research opportunities for scientists and students from around the globe.

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University Leadership

Michigan State University is governed by an elected Board of Trustees composed of eight members serving eight-year terms. Additional information about the MSU Board of Trustees can be found at:

John Engler is the Interim President of Michigan State University. Interim President Engler served as the 46th governor of the state of Michigan, serving three terms from 1991 to 2003. Previous to Engler’s tenure as governor he served 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. He is a graduate of MSU with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and earned a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Faculty and Staff

MSU employs more than 5,600 faculty and academic staff. The University’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the top 100 research-intensive universities in the world, notable faculty such as Dr. Robert Grubbs, who won the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2005, began his career at MSU. In 2007, Albert Fert, an Adjunct Professor in MSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, won the Nobel Prize in Physics with other colleagues.

MSU also employs approximately 7,100 non-academic staff, a majority of whom are represented by collective bargaining agreements.  MSU has been very innovative in working with the Coalition of Labor Organizations which includes representatives from their respective bargaining units who are active participants in the development and communication of policies and programs affecting faculty and staff. 

Strategic Vision

To focus its energy and resources, Michigan State University, operates under Bolder by Design. The initiative is comprised of six strategic imperatives:

  • Enhance the student experience—by continually improving the quality of academic programs and the value of an MSU degree for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Enrich community, economic, and family life—through research, outreach, engagement, entrepreneurship, innovation, and diversity.
  • Expand international reach—through academic, research, and economic development initiatives and global, national, and local strategic alliances.
  • Increase research opportunities—by significantly expanding research funding and involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in research and scholarship.
  • Strengthen stewardship—by appreciating and nurturing the University’s financial assets, campus infrastructure, and people for optimal effectiveness today and tomorrow.
  • Advancing our culture of high performance – acting individually and collectively in units and across units, to seize the opportunity to elevate expectations and work performance.

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