Department of Chemistry



Postdoctoral Research Position- Washington University in St Louis

Open Postdoctoral Research Position

Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering

Research Area: Synthesis of lignin model polymers and biomass-derived monomers.    

Funded Projects: The applicant will be working on: Project 1) NSF DMR EAGER: Investigating the Structure-Property Relationships of Sugar-Derived Block Copolymers and Project 2) NSF CBET Designing Catalytic Interfaces to Promote Selective Lignin Depolymerization

Qualifications:  Independent and highly motivated candidates are sought with an earned Ph.D. in organic chemistry and polymer chemistry.  Expertise in developing and tackling multistep synthesis problems for organic monomers, in controlled polymer synthesis (e.g., anionic and controlled/living radical polymerizations), and in polymer characterization techniques (e.g., GPC, NMR, MS) is required. A background with liquids NMR methods (i.e., 1D 1H and 13C, 2D HSQC, 1H DOSY) is preferred.           

Duration:  The position is for one year with the possibility of additional funding/opportunities.  The start date is flexible, but should ideally be no later than September 1, 2016.     

Applications: Applicants should send a single PDF file which includes a cover letter detailing relevant experience, research interests, and list of peer-reviewed journal articles (2 pages max), curriculum vitae (1 page max), and a list of three references to Dr. Marcus Foston (  Review of applications will begin immediately.     

Marcus B. Foston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Washington University in St Louis, School of Engineering & Applied Science
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Office 1007, Brauer Hall, One Brooking Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Office: (314) 935-7866; Fax: (314) 935-7211