Postdoctoral Research Associate- Green Bioproducts

Hiring Organization: Department of Forestry
Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

Position description

The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking two highly motivated Research Associate/ Postdoctoral Researchers for developing lignin-based bioproducts. The researchers will be working on multiple research projects under the supervision of Dr. Mojgan Nejad. The candidate will be required to conduct biopolymer characterization, resin formulation, performance evaluation and to write technical project reports and refereed papers. These multidisciplinary projects are performed in close collaboration with multiple industry partners and the individual will have the opportunity to interact with polymeric industry leaders on regular basis. It is expected for the researchers to mentor undergraduate students in the lab and provide required lab and safety training. The position will begin as a one-year appointment with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

Required qualifications

The successful candidates will have an earned PhD in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, or chemical engineering by the position start date.

Preferred qualifications

Knowledge of lignin chemistry and lignin-based bioproduct developments such as adhesives, coatings, or foams; demonstrated ability to work with advanced analytical techniques such as NMR, FTIR, DSC, TGA, Rheometer, DMA, and GPC; expertise in multivariate data analysis; previous project management experience; and exceptional work ethic and professionalism.


The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

To Apply

Submit your application online at to position number 728142 before midnight (US Eastern time) on Monday, November 15, 2021. Upload the following required documents: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number). Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only individuals selected for interview will be contacted by email.

Application deadline

November 15, 2021. Desired start date is January 1, 2022. Applications received after November 15, 2021, will not receive priority review. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Nejad at


MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the MSU Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.