Position Function: This is a full time, 12-month, non-tenure track position with a 100% research appointment. This position focuses on the development of value-added carbon nanomaterials from forest and agricultural residues for environmental remediation and high-performance composites. The selected individual will have a one-year written employment contract, which may be renewed for future years based on need, availability of funding, and performance. Anticipated Appointment date of January 1, 2020.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities: Incumbent will participate in the targeted research project of developing carbon-based nanomaterials from biomass and their applications in water purification and high-performance composites. The carbon-based nanomaterials include graphene, carbon nanotubes, and metal–organic‐framework‐derived carbon-based nanomaterials. Candidate must have a strong understanding of structure and chemistry of lignocellulosic materials. Emphasis will be on designing and developing of thermal conversion process for the production of carbon-based nanomaterials from biomass including forest bioproducts and agricultural residues. The preferred candidate will have experience in electron microscopies, thermal analyses, x-ray spectroscopies (XRD, XPS) for nanomaterial characterizations. Incumbent will be expected to build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program. Active and collegial collaborations within the department, college, and university as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government, and non-governmental organizations, etc. are expected. The candidate is also expected to co-supervise undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory, as well as develop and write new research proposals to obtain external research funding.
Minimum Qualifications: Must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in Wood Science/Sustainable Bioproducts or related fields (e.g. materials science or chemistry). Strong understanding of structure and chemistry of lignocellulosic materials. One year of postdoctoral research experience in the fields of material science, particularly biobased materials or nanomaterials. Strong communication and writing skills.. The ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, in our Department and University. Desired qualifications: Experience in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods for carbon-based nanomaterial production. Nano-scale analysis and materials characterization experience including SEM, HRTEM, XPS, and XRD. Experience in water purification through filtration and/or batch absorption methods. Experience in structure and chemical analyses of lignocellulosic materials.. Grant writing and proposal preparation experiences. Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu by completing the online application and attaching the requested documents. Screening of applications will begin on October 20, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.
Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.