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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 563348
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering And Materials Sci 10016140
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Engineers/Architects

Position Summary

A Research Associate, postdoctoral, position is immediately available in the group of Professor John R. Dorgan in the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University.

The selected researcher will work to develop novel molecular simulation techniques for polymers. Building on extensive existing codes, on-lattice simulation methods incorporating polydispersity and chain branching will be developed. Rheological properties for melts and solutions are available from the powerful new algorithms at computation costs that are orders of magnitude lower than molecular dynamcis (MD) methods. Comparative work with MD will be conducted. The successful candidate will have a strong background in programming using the primary low-level scientific languages (FORTRAN, C, C++) across a variety of platforms. Graduate level expertise in statistical mechanics is expected. The project involves collaboration with a major chemical enterprise and a National Laboratory and is supported by MSU’s state-of-the-art High Performance Computing Center within the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (  The position is initially for one year, renewable annually based on performance and availability of funding.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics

Minimum Requirements

Requires a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a closely related field. Applicants must have defended their PhD by the time of employment.

Desired Qualifications

Prior publication record in molecular simulation techniques; extensive low-level language programming experience.

Required Application Materials

1) a cover letter stating your background, experiences, skills, interest in the position, and career objectives; 

2) a curriculum vitae or resume;

3) names and contact information for two references who can write a letter on your behalf and discuss your research skills; and 

4) a relevant sample of research output

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