Postdoctoral Associate in Polymer Chemistry

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16120100 - LS-CHEMISTRY-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Sumerlin Research Group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL, invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associates in Polymer Chemistry. The successful candidates will work under the supervision of Prof. Brent Sumerlin (, focusing on the precision synthesis of polymers and functional polymer materials. These one-year appointments are renewable based on performance and funding availability.

Successful candidates will have a strong background in polymer chemistry and will be responsible for conducting research in synthesizing and characterizing well-defined polymers. The postdoctoral researchers will also be expected to mentor graduate students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and assist in funding applications.

The University of Florida, ranked as the #6 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, sea, and space grant university and home to the most comprehensive university health sciences facilities in the southeast.

Gainesville is a vibrant city with a low cost of living, diverse population, excellent public schools, Division I NCAA sports, and no state income tax. The area is known for its nature parks, bike trails, sporting events, museums, mild winters, and warm summers. Being centrally located makes Gainesville easily situated for day trip to beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and to theme parks including Disney World, and other cities include Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa. 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.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Polymer Science or a closely related area
  • Experience in molecular and material characterization, e.g., NMR, IR, TGA, TEM, GPC, DMA, and DSC;
Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with synthesizing and characterizing well-defined polymers.

  • The successful candidate should have a strong background in synthesis of polymers and small-molecules;

• A strong track record of publications
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently and in a team
• Ability to take initiative, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problem

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 including publications.
  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.

Applications will be continuously reviewed until filled. For questions, please contact Professor Brent Sumerlin (

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. 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


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