Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Project Scientist. The Molecular Foundry Division is engaged in a cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional program supported by the BioEnergy Technology Office (BETO) in sustainable polymers with closed-loop materials lifecycles. The chemistry of these polymers incentivizes both their recycling after their service life ends and their regeneration into new products. They are counterpoint to today's single-use plastics and may help secure our transition to a less-wasteful circular economy.
The successful project scientist will coordinate with a team of researchers to design and develop poly (diketoenamine) polymers (PDKs), from which design rules underpinning plastics performance, manufacturing, recycling, and market potential emerge. These activities will be supervised by the Helms group, and coordinated with collaborating researchers at UC Berkeley (Keasling and Persson Groups), the Joint BioEnergy Institute (Scown Group), and the Materials Sciences Division (Russell Group).
What You Will Do:
Coordinate the daily activities of a team of researchers engaged in developing sustainable plastics, ensuring program milestones are met on schedule.
Develop new capabilities, such as bringing online major scientific instrumentation for synthesizing, processing, and characterizing polymers.
Develop standard operating protocols (SOPs) and work-place controls (WPCs) for major instrumentation for synthesizing, processing, and characterizing polymers.
Provide technical expertise in organic and polymer synthesis, polymer processing, and thermomechanical characterization of molded polymer samples.
Provide technical expertise in polymer recycling by chemical means (closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle, monomer-to-monomer, etc.).
Play a key role in maintaining a robust and inclusive safety culture.
Publish in high-impact peer-reviewed journals; contribute to scientific research papers, program reports, review articles; present oral reports.
Contribute to writing grant proposals for continued program funding or new program directions
What is Required:
PhD or equivalent work experience in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, or chemical engineering.
Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in characterization methods of organic and polymeric materials.
Demonstrated ability to train junior researchers.
Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues.
Demonstrated ability to accurately and eloquently represent and promote scientific projects to audiences of diverse technical backgrounds.
Experience in the preparation and handling of grant proposals, scientific manuscripts, program quarterly reports, and research posters.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strongly preferred, two years of postdoctoral research experience.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 27, 2019.
This is a full time, 1 year term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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