Postdoctoral Associate
VA Tech - Virginia

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The Packaging Systems and Design program at Virginia Tech invites applications for one postdoctoral associate position. This is part of a joint collaboration project with The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). The Virginia Tech group is involved in the study of bioplastics/biomaterials extracted from biomass for packaging systems. The successful candidate will work primarily in the IALR Polymer lab which is based in Danville, VA, but will be required to travel to Blacksburg, VA, and other state industrial facilities. Specific duties for this position will include 1. Characterization of bioplastics/biopolymers extracted from biomass: may include extraction and purification steps 2. Application of bioplastics/biomaterials for food packaging systems: edible films, coatings for agricultural products, development of rigid packaging systems 3. Pilot scale evaluation: using a variety of extrusion and/or injection processes 4. Publication in peer reviewed journals and preparing research grant proposals

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Packaging Science, Food Science, Chemical engineering or other related disciplines to bioplastics/biomaterials systems. Advanced knowledge of the principles of biopolymers. Advanced knowledge of the methods and techniques used in research. Require appropriate knowledge and techniques with the following equipment: Thermal Analyzers, Mechanical testers, Gas permeation testers, Extruders and other general analytical equipment. Advanced ability to evaluate and report objectively on research results. Ability to communicate research results effectively at professional meetings and conferences.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with hardware, data analysis, and neutrino cross-sections and nuclear models is preferred. Ability to work under limited supervision. Experience working in large international scientific collaborations.

Special Requirements

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