Postdoctoral Associate in Polymer Chemistry

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jun 7, 2024

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate in Polymer Science

Job Description:

The Wagener Research Group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL, invites applications for one Postdoctoral Associate position in Polymer Chemistry to begin immediately. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Ken Wagener focusing on macromolecular synthesis and polymer properties. This one-year appointment is renewable based on performance and funding availability.

Successful candidates shall have strong synthetic and characterization backgrounds at the molecular and/or material levels and will gain experience in merging molecular and material chemistry. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be responsible for conducting research in synthesizing and characterizing polymeric materials. The Postdoctoral Researcher will also be expected to mentor graduate students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and assist in constructing funding applications. As a member of our team, you'll be at the forefront of groundbreaking research, contributing to the advancement of polymer science in a dynamic and collaborative environment.

The University of Florida, ranked as the #1 public university in the United States, is the state’s oldest, one of the largest, most comprehensive, highest-quality public research universities in the country. UF is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and home to the most comprehensive university health sciences facilities in the southeast.

UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, within 1 hour drive to Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and just 2 hours to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package. To see more, visit,

Minimum Requirements:

Ph.D. in Chemistry

Preferred Qualifications:

Molecular and material characterization, including NMR, IR, mass spectrometry, SC-XRD, PXRD, TGA, TEM, and/or SEM

The successful candidate should have a strong background in chemical synthesis and polymerization methodologies
Experience in molecular and material characterization, including NMR, IR, mass spectrometry, SC-XRD, PXRD, TGA, TEM, and/or SEM
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
Ability to take initiatives, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problem

A strong background in chemical synthesis and polymerization methodologies
Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting. A complete application includes:

  1. Your CV
  2. A cover letter detailing your relevant experience and career objectives
  3. The names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet

Please also send these application materials directly to Professor Wagener ( and Professor Evans (

Applications will be continuously reviewed until filled.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Health Assessment Required: No