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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date Posted 10/14/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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How to Apply

Please include a cover letter, CV, and names of potential references in your application. Please, send your queries to Prof. Abdon Pena-Francesch (

Job Summary

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position. The research fellow will be supervised by Prof. Abdon Pena-Francesch and will directly contribute to an active industry-sponsored project. 

The position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled. While the start date is flexible, the target is as soon as possible. The position will last at least one year, with the possibility of extension for subsequent years (depending on research outcomes and renewal from sponsor). The salary will be commensurate with experience according to NIH guidelines and university regulations.

Mission Statement

Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do.  Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.  

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering  component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich. edu/college/about/diversity


The postdoctoral research fellow will develop cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) elastomeric nanocomposites. The research will involve the functionalization and dispersion of CNCs in polymer matrices for controlled composite morphology and controlled polymerization kinetics, as well as the comprehensive characterization of the structural, thermal, and mechanical properties of the materials. The research fellow will have direct access to state-of-the-art research facilities in the PI’s laboratory and through UM advanced instrumentation facilities (Michigan Center for Materials Characterization, BioInterfaces Institute, etc.). The research fellow will be part of a robust and growing research-active environment and engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research with researchers across the College of Engineering (including but not limited to MSE, MACRO, AERO, and Robotics) and the industrial sponsor R&D team. As part of a team, the postdoctoral research fellow will be involved in all aspects of research, including design and execution of experiments, data analysis, manuscript preparation, presentation of results, and mentoring.

Required Qualifications*
  • A Ph.D. in materials science, polymer chemistry, soft matter physics, or a related field

  • Prior experience in nanocomposites

  • Prior experience in soft materials characterization

  • Strong publication record, good communication and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications*
  • Prior experience in cellulose nanocrystals and their composites

  • Prior experience in rubber chemistry

  • Prior experience in rheology

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.

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