Department of Chemistry



Postdoc position immediately available in molecular modeling of biomaterials--NC State

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in using molecular modeling to develop sustainable materials by exploring the characteristics of cellulose derivatives and identifying more environmentally-friendly plasticizers. The position is in the laboratory of Professor Melissa Pasquinelli at NC State University in Raleigh, NC, and involves close collaborations with experimental labs in academia and industry. 

A Ph.D. in polymer science, chemistry, materials science, physics, chemical engineering, or related fields is required. Experience in molecular modeling is also required, and experience with modeling of (bio)polymer materials is preferred. Experience in using the LAMMPS software program and/or GPUs for high performance computing is preferred. Other expectations include publishing a series of high quality papers and articles; interacting regularly with industrial and academic collaborators; serving as a lab manager; mentoring and training other lab members; assisting in writing grant proposals; producing and delivering presentations; and upholding research integrity.

Interested candidates should send an updated CV and a brief description of their suitability for the role to Screening of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.


NC State is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, which U.S. News and World Report named as the second best U.S. city to live in. NC State has world-class library facilities, a lake with a fishing pier and an 18-hole golf course, its own High Performance Computing Center, and a wide variety of professional development activities for postdoctoral scholars through its Graduate School. NC State is a leading land-grant public research university and is recognized as one of the best employers in the state.

The laboratory is housed within the Department of Forest Biomaterials, a full-service ecosystem advancing the future of biomaterials from educating future leaders to supporting industry and government research. It is part of the College of Natural Resources, where “the planet is our classroom,” and is also affiliated with the College of Engineering. CNR is a tight-knit community of passionate and caring people dedicated to improving the environments and communities in which we live, work, learn, and play. It is on the Central Campus of NC State, which is within walking distance to the Carmichael Gymnasium and Talley Student Union, as well as a variety of eateries, shops, and the WRAL Azalea Gardens.

AA/EOE. In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.