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University of Arkansas

Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow



Full Time

On Site


Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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Type of Position:Research

Workstudy Position:

Job Type:Fixed Duration of Project/Grant (Fixed Term)
Work Shift:Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available:

Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department:CHEG | Christa Hestekin Reports

Department's Website:
Summary of Job Duties:The Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas has an opening for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow with expertise in living radical polymerization reactions, polymer characterization, and industrial applications of polymers working in Keisha Walters’ lab. In addition to a strong background in synthetic polymer chemistry in fundamental polymer synthesis, polymer network chemistry, sustainable materials, and/or nano-biomaterials, applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Applicants are also expected to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team setting and act as mentors to students / colleagues. Applicants must have already completed and submitted any dissertation and paper efforts with previous advisor(s) prior to starting this position. The candidate will be mentored in preparation for a future career in academia or industry, including project management, proposal writing, and effective scientific communication skills. Candidates will have the opportunity to prepare peer-reviewed manuscripts, attend scientific conferences, and collaborate with partners in industry, national labs, and other universities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, polymer chemistry, materials science/engineering, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering/biotechnology, or a related discipline from an accredited institution

  • Demonstrated creativity, a drive for scientific inquiry, and an ability to link fundamental science to real-world applications

  • Experience in the synthesis of polymeric materials and physical and chemical characterization of materials is required

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Letters of Recommendation, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Jessica Zaleski,

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Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: [Register to View]

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A
Frequent Physical Activity:N/A
Occasional Physical Activity:N/A
Benefits Eligible:Yes