Research Associate in Forestry
Michigan State University
United States

Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Forestry 10002360
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

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 candidates 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 individuals 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.

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

Desired start date: December 1, 2021, but no later than January 1, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Polymer chem, organic chem. or chem engineering

Minimum Requirements

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

Desired Qualifications

Beneficial qualifications include 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.

Required Application Materials

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).

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Special Instructions

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Department Statement

At MSU Forestry, our mission is to generate and translate knowledge of trees, forests and associated natural and human systems to advance sustainable solutions for people and ecosystems. We create the future of sustainable forestry through innovative research, learning and outreach. We agree with and support University initiatives that are designed to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive collegiate community. We value the uniqueness that every person adds. Faculty and staff are committed to fostering open dialogue and supportive communication. MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. 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.

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.

Advertised: Sep 7, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Sep 7, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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