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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemistry

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Chemistry
Salary: $41,000 - $42,000
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General Summary of Position:

The Bio/environmental Polymer Lab at University Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to assist in studies related to the development of magnetic nanoparticle/smart biopolymer conjugates for biomedical/environmental applications. Experience with chitosan derivative synthesis and characterization, magnetic nanoparticle-colorant conjugation, water-based polyurethane synthesis and characterization, and antimicrobial/anti-biofilm studies are desired qualifications. Hands-on experience with the detection, absorption, and/or destruction of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) is required. 

The principal role of the Postdoctoral Research Associate is to work on projects alongside the principal investigator (PI). A critical feature of the role of the position will also be to a) develop and write research proposals/reports and form collaborations to support future research b) perform major research functions on existing grant(s). 

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • An earned PhD in Polymer Science or a related field by the time of the appointment
  • At least four years of hands-on research experience with chitosan derivatives for antimicrobial and environmental applications
  • Hands-on experience with magnetic nanoparticles, PFASs, and water-based PU is required
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses
  • Knowledge of PFASs detection and remediation
  • Knowledge of “green” polymers from renewable resources
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Strong technical report writing and communication skills
  • Quantitative research methods and statistics
  • Qualitative research methods including conducting open and semi-structured interviews

Additional Considerations:  

  • A record of publication in reputable journals 
  • Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline
  • Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analyses
  • Experience with Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Experience with GPC, fluorescence microscopy and microplate reader
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and writing
  • Skill in analyzing and evaluating data
  • The department is dynamic, high pressure environment and the position of Post Doctoral Research Associate will involve working under pressure to strict deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive hands-on research experience with chitosan derivatives for antimicrobial and environmental applications
  • Hands-on experience with magnetic nanoparticles, PFASs, and water-based PU is required
  • Experience of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline
  • Experience of PFASs detection and remediation
  • Experience of “green” polymers from renewable resources 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This position is contingent upon funding. 

Please include a resume, cover letter and publication list with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  

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