Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cellulose Chemistry and Coating Applications

A postdoctoral position in the area of cellulose and carbohydrate polymer chemistry is available immediately in the Sustainable Functional Biomaterials lab at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The objective of this position is to chemically modify cellulose and nanocellulose with enhanced hydrophobicity. A suite of  technologies including surface modification and functionalization, nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, and surface and coating engineering, are expected to be developed as the main job responsibilities

The Sustainable Functional Biomaterials lab ( focuses on the development of advanced functionals from cellulose for packaging, thermal management, energy harvesting and storage, sensors, water and environmental treatment, and the research outcomes have been published in ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Nano Energy, Chemical Engineering Journal, Additive Manufacturing, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, etc.  

Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:

A recent Ph.D. in polymer chemistry and modification, surface and coating chemistry /engineering, cellulose and polysaccharides chemistry, materials science and engineering, or related disciplines;

Demonstrate strong expertise in development of functional coating materials for varius substrates, surface modification, and functionalization;

Has experience in working with cellulose modification and surface coating;

Shows strong publication records and experience in publishing high impact journal as first-author;

Hand on experience in materials synthesis and characterization, such as SEM, TEM, BET, contact angle measurement, and barriers properties;

Strong communication skills in both oral and written English;

Job responsibility:

Develop advanced coating formulation using cellulose or nanocellulose for water resistant coating applications;

Supervise graduate and undergraduate students for research;

Preparation of high-quality quarterly project reports and manuscripts/patents application;

Develop grant proposal for grant application as needed;

Presentation at international conferences.

The position is available immediately. The initial appointment is for one year and will be renewed based on the performance and funding availability.

Interested and qualified candidates should send an application package to Dr. Feng Jiang ( The complete application package should include 1) a research statement summarizing the research interests and past research experience and achievements, as well as future research plan that fits to the position described above; 2) a CV with complete list of publication; 3) up to three journal publications that showcase your research experience and ability in relevant area; and 4) the name of three references. A Skype/phone interview will be scheduled for top candidates, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Reference Number

Please mention reference number GPS-57041 in all your correspondence about this Postdoctoral Fellow position.

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