Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 060300 - Chemical Engineering
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Position Function:

There is an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate in the Molecular Science and Engineering Lab ( in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering directed by Dr. Neeraj Rai. The successful candidate will model solution phase heterogeneous catalytic process for biomass conversion. The systems of interest are hierarchical zeolites, and transition metal catalysts. This position also requires writing manuscripts, reports, and presentations; mentoring junior researchers (graduate and undergraduate students) in the group; and participate in group and project meetings.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering is housed in a state-of-the-art building dedicated to Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. The School currently enrolls over 500 undergraduate and graduate students with approximately 450 in undergraduate chemical engineering and 80 in petroleum engineering. Currently 16 members comprise the faculty with 4 dedicated to delivering the petroleum engineering curriculum and two serving administratively in the Swalm School (as Director) and the Bagely College of Engineering (as Dean).

Area of Specialization:

Chemical Engineering

Anticipated Appointment Date:

April 1, 2021

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Model solution phase heterogeneous catalytic process for biomass conversion
2. Write manuscripts, reports, and presentations.
3. Mentor junior researchers (graduate and undergraduate students).
4. Participate in group and project meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, or a related discipline. Experience is required in periodic density functional calculation using codes such (CP2K, VASP, etc.). The successful applicant is also expected to have programming experience.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information of three references.

Restricted Clause:

This position is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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