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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Kettering University in the Flint, Michigan
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Date Posted August 07, 2018
Postdoctoral-Researcher Other
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Position Class Type Regular

Position Type Non-Faculty Research

Other Position Information

Kettering University is a national leader in experiential STEM and business education, integrating an intense academic curriculum with applied professional experience. We inspire students to realize their potential and advance their ideas by combining theory and practice better than any institution in the world. Kettering University is dedicated to achieving the extraordinary through technological innovation, leadership, and service, built on values that foster respect, integrity, creativity, collaboration, and excellence in growth, global leadership, community outreach, and an engaged community of stakeholders.


BENEFITS include health, dental and vision coverage; retirement benefits with up to a 9% Kettering matching contribution; life and accident insurance; tuition assistance and waiver programs; vacation and holiday pay; sick and disability pay; home purchase assistance program; recreation center membership; and many other benefits.


Position Status Full-time

If Part Time, hours per week

Posting Text

Preferred Qualifications

-Experience conducting research in the areas of low-temperature plasma, polymers and coatings, surface modification, composites and plastics processing, or similar areas

-Familiar with research instrumentation such as X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Sprectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Infrared Sprectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, and similar techniques


Job Specific Required Qualifications

-Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Material Science, or related field.

-Demonstrated aptitude in qualitative and quantitative research methods

-Publication record consistent with experience and research area

-Command of English language in written and oral communication


Understanding of and commitment to Kettering University values

• RESPECT: for teamwork, honesty, encouragement, diversity partnerships with students

• INTEGRITY: including accountability, transparency and ethics

• CREATIVITY: fostering flexibility and innovation

• COLLABORATION: across disciplines and with all partners

• EXCELLENCE: in all we do


Posting Information

Posting Number SP00106

Posting Date 06/19/2017

Closing Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is for work on sponsored research projects and teaching in the Chemical Engineering department. The position is available for a minimum of one year with opportunity to extend up to five years based on external grant funding.


This position includes the full-time University benefit package.


Applicant must attach cover letter, CV, and 3 references with application.


Job Duties

Job Duties

Percent of total time 70


Conduct experimental research in the areas of low-temperature plasma processes and coating systems for polymeric materials and bio-based composites. Responsibilities include developing and exploring solutions for meeting performance objectives for the industrially focused applications. Surface modification and multi-layer coating systems are employed using plasma and chemical methods to achieve targeted properties, such as scratch and abrasion resistance and long-term UV blocking. For composites, various bio-based matter is explored, in which surface modification and coating is conducted to improve compatibility with and adhesion to the matrix material. Duties include:

-Planning and performing experimental studies

-Conducting literature reviews and developing new ideas and approaches

-Analyzing data and preparing updates for sponsors


Percent of total time 10


Training and supervision of research students.


Percent of total time 10


Responsible for the maintenance of research equipment in the Chemical Engineering department as assigned, in addition to the usage logs for such equipment.


Percent of total time 10


Teaching laboratory courses in the Chemical Engineering department equivalent to two contact hours in three academic terms per year.

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