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Research & Laboratory, Full Time
Pay Grade: 30E
Context of the Job:
The Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) seeks a Research
Associate III to join our team. Founded in 2020 at the University
of Delaware, CPI brings a fresh focus on the global problem of
plastics waste by combining innovations in catalytic technology,
chemical functionalization, and polymer design. The Research
Associate III will develop innovative polymer processing
strategies, novel characterization approaches, and data analysis
methods to enable valorization of complex polymer waste streams for
a range of projects that serve CPI under the guidance of the
Leadership Team, the Center for Research in Soft Matter &
Polymers (CRiSP), and related polymer sustainability activities.
The Research Associate III must possess a high level of independent
judgement, professionalism, initiative, and problem-solving
- Develop innovative polymer processing strategies to enable
valorization of complex polymer waste streams.
- Develop new approaches to characterize plastics waste
components and products resulting from plastics waste valorization
- Manage data and material samples related to polymer
recycling/upcycling laboratory experiments.
- Conduct independent research; produce conference publications
and journal articles; engage in proposal development; and
communicate research findings to the CPI community and
- Collaboratively engage with scientists, postdoctoral
researchers, and graduate students who are conducting research
within CPI's and CRiSP's mission and goals.
- Work effectively with external partners and in a collaborative
- Represent CPI’s interests in intramural and extramural
- Cultivate a culture of effective and safe research
- Proactively identify and address present & potential issues
within CPI labs.
- Ensure the lab equipment is in working order; perform
repair/replacement or contract the work out as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative
- Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and
Engineering, Chemistry, or a related field with at least two years’
experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related
experience, or equivalent combination of education and
- Expertise in polymer physics, characterization, and processing
as well as sustainable materials and commodity plastics.
- Experience in polymer characterization techniques such as
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR), Differential
- Calorimetry (DSC), Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA),
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Gas Chromatography – Mass
Spectrometry (GC-MS), and Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)
- Experience in developing and continuing industrial and national
lab partnerships that will catalyze interdisciplinary research in
- Extensive experience collaborating in a multi-institutional
- Good judgment, reliability, and integrity.
- Strong organizational and leadership skills, especially under
rapidly changing conditions.
- Ability to rapidly learn and apply new skills.
- Ability to maintain clear and comprehensive records.
- Ability to investigate and analyze large amounts of information
and draw conclusions.
- Experience analyzing data using modern statistical
- Effective writing and presentation skills.
- Ability to maintain and oversee operations of laboratory
facilities and/or equipment.
- Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
- High level competency with calendaring, collaboration, and
communication tools (e.g., Google Suite, Zoom, Microsoft Teams,
Microsoft Office Suite).
- Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where
diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.
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