A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Albert in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Tulane University. The Albert lab is interested in developing polymers with tunable nano- and micro-structured morphologies to address challenges in energy, health, and environmental applications (http://www.tulane.edu/~albertresearch/index.html). Interested applicants should email their CV and a brief statement of their research interests to Dr. Julie Albert at email@example.com.
This position will entail working on a project funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents to investigate the fundamentals of block copolymer-homopolymer blend phase separation in composition regimes that lie between the nanostructured assemblies of block copolymers and the mesoscale morphologies of polymer blends. The project will involve synthesis of polymers specifically designed for these studies, so the successful applicant will have a strong background in polymer synthesis. The successful candidate will be asked to mentor graduate students, so prior experience training other students on synthetic protocols is highly desirable. Current funding is available for 1 year; continuation of the position beyond the first year is contingent upon performance and securing funding for a second year.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
1. PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science and/or Engineering, Materials Science and/or Engineering, or Physics.
2. Extensive research experience in polymer synthesis and characterization, including the ability to perform air-free synthesis of polymers, ability to characterize synthesized polymers by GPC and NMR, ability to maintain a Schlenk line, and ability to develop new polymer synthesis protocols.
1. Expertise in ATRP and/or anionic synthesis of polymers
2. Experience performing "click" reactions
3. Experience running SAXS, GISAXS, and/or GIXRD experiments at synchrotron facilities
4. Experience with cryo-ultramicrotomy preparation of polymer samples for TEM