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Re-Posting: January 1, 2023 (Start date estimated between now and June 15.)

Post-Doctoral Scholar Position Available Immediately 

JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Scholar
Synthesis of Polymers for Proton and Hydroxide Transport

Job Description.

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is immediately available in the Kennemur Research Group in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Florida State University. The starting date is flexible and can be as early as February 1, 2023 and as late as June 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin in January 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Scholar will become part of a highly collaborative, DOE-funded project with an overall research focus on understanding the mechanism of proton and hydroxide transport in advanced polymers. The collaborative team assembles chemistry, engineering, materials science, and theory from two other universities and a national laboratory and consists of faculty, national lab staff, and other post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers therein.

Specific to this position, the successful candidate will focus on organic and polymer chemistry to design, synthesize, functionalize, and characterize new polymers aimed at this research. The candidate will work closely with the team of collaborators at the University of Pennsylvania (Prof. Karen Winey), Penn State University (Prof. Mike Hickner), and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Labs (Dr. Amalie Frischknecht).  



The candidate will work in the state-of-the-art Chemical Sciences Laboratory at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is a US News Top-50 ranked program in the country. Within it, the Kennemur Laboratory is a custom-designed and fully-equipped space for the synthesis, characterization and processing of new polymeric materials and has full access to an abundance of staff-maintained Department Research and Support Facilities.

Qualifications. A Ph.D. in the area of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer or Materials Science, or another relevant discipline must be completed by the time of employment. Candidates should demonstrate a successful track record of research accomplishments and a desire to accelerate discovery by working in a team-driven environment. Although not required, special consideration will be given to applicants with synthetic experience in the area of organic/polymer chemistry and/or organometallic catalysis. In addition, communication skills, leadership, chemical hygiene/safety, and student mentoring experience are highly valued.

The Kennemur Group supports a highly inclusive research environment with the mission of training new generations of scientists towards a diverse STEM workforce. Applicants from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

To Apply. Combined into a single PDF, please send the following application materials to Prof. Justin Kennemur at  with “Postdoctoral Scholar Position” in the subject line. The PDF should include a cover letter (1-2 pages) describing relevant skills and career ambitions, a research statement (2-3 pages) summarizing accomplishments, and a current CV that includes up to 3 references who have agreed to be contacted if necessary.

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