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


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