Postdoctoral Research Associate - Polymer Chemistry

Organization: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Duration: up to 24 months with the potential for extension
Description: We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Group in the Manufacturing Science Division, Energy Science and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the area of sustainable manufacturing with expertise in polymer chemistry who will focus on the development of novel recyclable thermoplastic and thermoset systems, with an emphasis on use of sustainable feedstocks.

The selected candidate will conduct experimental research around the synthesis, chemical modification, and recycling of these polymer systems, with additional work on leveraging these materials in manufacturing applications. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to collaborate amongst groups focusing on basic and applied research in various fields applicable to the current projects. The candidate will be expected to simultaneously support multiple projects, contribute to development of new initiatives in your area, interact with ORNL staff, industry and academic partners.

As part of our research team, the selected candidate will develop novel recyclable thermoplastic and thermoset systems which include features such as dynamic bonding. These materials will also be scaled up for use on a variety of manufacturing equipment. Candidate will also be expected to functionalize existing systems to introduce recyclability and enhance properties. Expertise in polymer chemistry, materials, and benchtop chemistry is critical for this position. The successful candidate will support research in design, synthesis, and modification of thermoplastic and thermoset resin chemistries, as well as scaling up of these techniques; publish original peer-reviewed research articles; collobrate with peers and supervise students.
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