Postdoc opportunity for graducate students – polymer synthesis

Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher – Polymer Synthesis

Department: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy

Position information: Full-time, one year appointments, with the possibility of extension.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA or Morgantown, WV

Who may be considered:  US Citizens, LPRs, & Foreign Nationals with appropriate approval



The Carbon capture group at NETL is seeking highly motivated post-doctoral or early career researchers with expertise in polymer synthesis – particularly in the specialized research and development of polymer synthesis for membrane applications. The candidate must possess significant knowledge and practical experience in materials design, synthesis, and characterization. The selected candidate will work closely with the carbon capture team as well as other researchers at NETL to understand the properties needed to develop polymer membranes for CO2 capture.


Specifically the selected applicant will:

  • Synthesize the polymers with high gas permeability and selectivity
  • Utilize the structure-property relationships, design novel polymers with CO2-philic groups while having good processability
  • Characterize the polymers using various techniques such as NMR, IR, GPC, rheological properties, microscopy, thermal analysis, mechanical analysis, etc.
  • Collaborate within NETL as well as with University partners
  • Prepare reports, publications, and present the work both internally and externally in conferences


To be successful in this position, you must have:

  • A PhD in polymer science, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience with polymer synthesis and characterization, with a history of relevant journal publications and conference presentations
  • In-depth knowledge of organic chemistry, polymer synthesis and modification reactions, and behavior of polymers in solutions
  • Experience with processing of polymers
  • Capable of working independently or as part of a multi-disciplinary team and demonstrating good decision-making abilities
  • An outstanding level of motivation and self-sufficiency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to represent our research team effectively both internally and externally, including at conferences or other meetings



Interested applicants can send resume to

Postdoc Position at University of Montana

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structural Biology – Laboratory of Dr. Klara Briknarova, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Montana, Missoula

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Klára Briknarová ( at the University of Montana, Missoula to investigate fibronectin structure and fibril formation. Minimal qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry or a related discipline, working knowledge of standard methods in molecular biology, protein expression and purification, and research track record in the area of protein characterization and structural biology. Candidates who have experience with fluorescence spectroscopy, single-molecule techniques or biomolecular NMR spectroscopy are particularly encouraged to apply.
Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter summarizing relevant experience and accomplishments, CV and contact information for three references using the link at the official vacancy announcement site,

ADA/EOE/AA/Veterans Preference Employer.

Southern Teachers: Science Teachers Needed!

The end of another academic year is upon us!  If you have graduating chemistry students who

  • are still seeking jobs
  • have performed well academically
  • relate well to others
  • are hard-working and responsible

then please consider forwarding this message, because we have over 150 openings for science teachers at private & independent K-12 schools around the South.

Since 1902, schools have trusted Southern Teachers to help them find great teachers, and as a result they pay for our work.  Consequently, our services are entirely free to candidates, i.e., your students.

It’s important to note that independent schools do not necessarily require teacher certification.  Therefore, these schools can hire chemistry majors who have not gone through a teacher-training program.

You or your students may read more about Southern Teachers and our services here.  Interested candidates should apply via our website.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Abby Hall
Director of College Recruitment
(434) 295-9122 

Southern Teachers  . . . because your students deserve the best

ACS Central Regional Meetng Workshops for Students and Post-Docs

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CWRU Great Lakes Energy Institute Opportunities for CAS Students

The Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI) at Case Western Reserve University is taking applications for the ThinkEnergy program for the 2016-17 year. The goal of ThinkEnergy is to prepare our future energy leaders to navigate the dynamic energy landscape and manage its impact. ThinkEnergy connects students with faculty, government, companies, financiers and local, national and international communities around energy topics providing tangible opportunities for students to apply classroom fundamentals to the real world. ThinkEnergy is a voluntary program for both undergraduate and graduate students, however, stipends, travel expense and course credit are available. ThinkEnergy is a one year commitment commencing fall 2016. This program is open to all majors.
Fall 2016: Participation in an Energy Learning Community
ThinkTanks, as they’re called, provide a unique connection point for peers, mentors, advisors, alumni and global leaders to come together to discuss and debate relevant topics in energy and sustainability. They enhance students’ ability to converse on a wide range of related topics, balance and contrast different viewpoints, build teamwork skills, and enjoy a highly contagious intellectual community. ThinkTanks are weekly, one-hour meetings.
Spring  2016: ThinkEnergy Research and Scholarship projects
Research and scholarship projects encompass energy topics in science, engineering, business, law, political science, and more. ThinkEnergy students are paired up with a faculty expert for a semester of energy research. Along with research, students will spend 10 hours/week working at GLEI to gain a deep and broad exposure to energy that will prepare them for future economical, technological and societal challenges pertaining to the global energy ecosystem.
Summer 2016: ThinkEnergy Internship/Externship
Students will participate in real-world energy-related opportunities directly in industry or at another external organization. This will be in the form of an internship, co-op experience or consulting project. External engagement is not limited to Cleveland, OH. Students could participate in international programs that touch global energy issues such as Engineers Without Borders, Partnerships for International Research Education or by working with faculty engaged in international collaborations.
While we have closed general application acceptance, due to low submission from CAS majors, we are reopening it only for those students. Therefore, if you are interested and are a CAS major, you may access the application form here: ThinkEnergy Application Link
Applications from CAS majors will be accepted through May 6 and interviews will take place in the summer via Google Hangout.
Questions? Contact Lisa Chalk

New Master’s Program in Systems Medicine Fall 2016!





K-12 Science Teaching Jobs | Southern Teachers Agency

Dear Dr. Barkley,

We are trying to help K-12 schools find talented science teachers!

Southern Teachers helps private & independent schools around the South find the best teachers possible.  While the skills learned in a teacher-training program are valuable, this category of schools also values the content knowledge amassed by chemistry majors.

It’s a simple point that I’d like to make:  your graduating students can get jobs as science teachers at very good college-preparatory schools—even if they haven’t gone through an education program.

Southern Teachers currently has almost 200 science teaching jobs available for the 2016-17 school year.

If you know students who have the potential to make a difference in the lives of young people, please consider forwarding this message.  This document contains more information about the opportunities available to your students and how Southern Teachers functions.  Interested candidates should apply via our website.

Thank you very much for your consideration.  We’re grateful for your help.  I’d welcome your questions.

Linda Coyner
Director of College Recruitment
(434) 295-9122



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