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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Polymer Chemistry for Additive Manufacturing / NB50651446
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on polymer chemistry for additive manufacturing. This position resides in the Soft Materials Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). OVERVIEW: The research will be centered on tailoring polymer chemistry for additive manufacturing, especially in a binder-jet 3D printing. The project will focus on the formulation of novel polymer binders for the binder-jet 3D printing and their characterization by DMA, tensile, rheology, surface tension, TGA, and DSC. This research will be complemented by collaborations and interactions with other polymer scientists and mechanical engineers. The candidate is also expected to be involved with other projects including synthesis and characterization of multiphase block copolymers, polymer composites, polymer membranes for molecular separation, and polymer electrolytes for energy storage.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Develop a formulation for 3D printing of novel polymers and composites with understanding its processability. Characterization of polymers by standard methods including SEC, NMR, FTIR, TGA and DSC. Conduct a binder jet 3D printing with novel binders. Study the structure-property relationships of 3D-printed objects for mechanical properties, and its chemistry. Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Qualifications Required:
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or closely related fields completed in the last 5 yearsPREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS: Background in polymer science, especially understanding polymer chemistry Knowledge of mechanical and viscoelastic characterization of polymers, composites and polymer solutions. Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently, safety conscious, and participate creatively in refining projects directions An excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals Excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues Expertise in 3D printing is desiredOTHER INFORMATION:Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding. Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to THIS EMAIL . Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

Work Directions and Interfaces:
Position reports to the Group Leader of the Soft Materials Group and interfaces with administrative staff, managers and visitors to ORNL.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-verify Employer.
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