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Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
Date Posted 03/27/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled


Bioengineering Research Center

Position Overview

The Institute for Bioengineering Research is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher. This position will require a highly motivated individual to synthetize and develop novel polymers that can be functionalized with bioactive peptides.  The project is highly cross-disciplinary and requires strong expertise in polymer synthesis and conjugated polymers.  The successful candidate will synthesize and characterize novel polymers and organic macromolecules for regenerative biomaterials.  A background in synthetic/polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related field is required.

Job Description

80% - Research

  • Synthesize and characterize novel materials (polymers, organic macromolecules) for reconstructive and regenerative biomaterials.
  • Micro-and nanomaterial structure and property, characterization and evaluation.
  • Work in a team of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs in the lab.

15% - Reports, Manuscript & Proposal Preparation:

  • Maintain detailed records of data obtained in the laboratory. 
  • Prepare reports and manuscripts.
  • Assist in proposal preparation.

5% - Laboratory Maintenance:

  • Maintain critical laboratory equipment, lab inventory, and oversee lab safety.

Required Qualifications

1.  PhD in Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or closely related discipline.
2.  Ability to effectively analyze data and communicate in both writing and orally, as evidenced in application materials and interview.
3.  Ability to work effectively in a team environment, as demonstrated in application materials.
4.  Experience with organic synthesis, polymer synthesis and characterization, as evidenced in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

1.  Strong background in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry.
2.  Published peer-reviewed articles in polymer synthesis, characterization, and/or development of polymers for biomedical applications.
3.  One-year minimum experience with NMR to characterize organic compounds.
4.  One-year minimum experience using column chromatography for purification of organic compounds.
5.  Experience in nanomaterial design, development, and characterization for biomedical applications is preferred.
6.  Experience in peptide synthesis.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Paulette Spencer

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, CV, summary describing your research accomplishments, and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Application review begins on April 5, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. 

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Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Employee Class

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Work Schedule

40 hour a week

Conditions of Employment

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

Work Location Assignment



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