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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Postdoc / Research

The Chemical Engineering Department of Bucknell University seeks a creative and highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral research associate position to conduct research on the design, preparation, and characterization of new soft, polymeric composites for use in shape memory and self-healing applications. Our laboratory focuses on smart polymeric materials, with an emphasis on innovative design concepts at the nanometer-scale and utilization of novel electrospinning methods for the preparation of composite reinforcement. Mechanical and microstructural characterization methods are utilized to establish and then exploit processing-structure-property relationships in the new materials. The postdoctoral researcher will conduct research in collaboration with a small business on a project that is sponsored by a DoD agency. Our goal is to develop new materials of use in surgical training mannequins.

Applicants should hold a PhD materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, or related field. Experience in the synthesis or processing of soft polymeric materials (elastomers and gels) and physical and microstructural characterization of materials is required. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary polymer engineering laboratory comprised of postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students.

Please note that U.S. citizenship is required under the restrictions of a government grant that funds this position.

To apply, please go to the Bucknell’s career site (careers.bucknell.edu). Applicants should submit a cover letter and a CV, including the names and contact information for three references. 

Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is a undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of students. Student life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

The Community

Lewisburg is located in central Pennsylvania, and features restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District (LASD) receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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