Postdoctoral position in polymer science and reactor design available immediately

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
postdoctoral associate
Job Institution: 
University of Minnesota
Job Description: 

A postdoc position is immediately available in the Xiong’s lab at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Boya Xiong is seeking a highly motivated postdoc to develop a hybrid degradation process for converting end-of-life plastic waste into valuable products. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, material science, environmental engineering/ science, or a closely related field. Past experience in polymer science and engineering, polymer materials characterization for chemical and mechanical properties (e.g., DSC, GPC, tensile testing, X-ray scattering), hands-on reactor design and optimization, is highly desired. Experience in growing engineered microbial culture is also desired. The ability to work collaboratively and interdisciplinarily with strong written and communication skills is highly desired.

The position is for 1 year and is annually renewable depending on performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate will receive training in professional and personal development, research collaboration, presentation and publication of results, outreach, and mentoring. The position includes a competitive salary and health insurance. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A near-term start date is desired.

Applications should include: (i) brief cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) a brief description of past research accomplishments and future research goals (under two pages), and (v) the names and contact information for three references. All materials should be submitted as a single combined PDF to Boya Xiong ( with “Postdoc Application” in the subject line. Any questions should also be directed to these email addresses.

Dr. Xiong’s research group aims to advance the science at interface of polymer science, environmental chemistry, and membrane materials science to address challenges in materials and resource circularity and sustainability, and control of emerging pollutions in natural and built environment. More information about previous and current work can be found at