Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Bio-based Polymers and Nanocomposites, Germany

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Candidates should be PhD/Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Wood Science

Job Description: A post-doctoral research position is available at the Institute of Forest Utilization at the University of Freiburg starting January 2011 for an initial contract of 2 years. The position and salaries are consistent with the E13- academic researcher?s scale in Germany with the specific level depending upon experience. The post-doctoral student will lead a research project in partnership with industry aimed at developing high performance nanocellulose -based thermosetting adhesives for wood-based products. The candidate will also have the flexibility to initiate any research project for the valorization of woody biomass through material development (eg: valorization of lignin in polymers). Besides these research activities, the candidate is expected to participate in regular academic activities including student advising, teaching, grant proposal writing and communications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Required and Preferred Qualifications and Experience
A PhD/Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry, Materials Science, Wood Science or any related field is required. Individuals with good experience in wet chemistry laboratory work and wood-based materials together with a good balance of practical/ academic skills are preferred. Excellent communication skills in English are required. Fluency in German is also greatly appreciated.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Marie-Pierre Laborie and email their application package, preferably as one single pdf file, by Oct 18th, 2010. The application package should include i) a letter of motivation describing your research experience in the field (2 p. max), ii) a detailed resume, iii) a list of publications and communications, iv) copies of 2 most significant/relevant publications, v) contact information of 3 referees.See further informations at

Application deadline: 31October2010

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