National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher – Bio-based, compostable polymer design for packaging applications in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher – Bio-based, compostable polymer design for packaging applications
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. A postdoctoral researcher role is available in NREL’s Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center.
The successful candidate will work on a project to develop bio-based, compostable polymer materials for more sustainable packing applications. In particular, this position will focus on working with a computational materials design team screening and developing biobased monomers, synthesizing polymer samples, optimizing formulations, and characterizing polymer properties. Candidates will collaborate with a large, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional team for novel material development to identify and overcome major technical hurdles to advance commercialization.
The successful candidate will be able to:
Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
Plan and execute research in collaboration with other researchers
Synthesize and characterize polymer precursors and products.
Communicate scientific results effectively, both in written and oral formats
Author peer-reviewed publications, and
Work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary team of engineers and chemists.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
Experience in polymer synthesis and characterization
In-depth experience with polymer characterization techniques (e.g. FTIR, NMR, TGA, DSC, DMA)
Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
Ability to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines
Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications.
Strong safety record and ability to follow complex standard operating procedures.
Experience in bio-based polymer development
Experience in organic synthesis for monomer production
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