Graduate Research Assistant (PhD Position) available at Auburn University

A graduate research assistantship is available for a PhD student in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University starting from Fall, 2020. The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project in the field of Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging with a focus on cellulose-based controlled release of nutrients and fertilizers.

Funding is available for a 3 years period including assistantship stipend and tuition waiver.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Master’s degree in surface/colloidal chemistry, bio-based materials, wood chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science, materials science and engineering, or related disciplines relevant to the topics of study.
  • Solid laboratory experience. Experience with analytical tools such as –but not limited to-QCM-D, SPR, CAM, TGA, DSC, FTIR, RAMAN, HPLC, NMR, DMA is highly preferred.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Proven record of publications.
  • Maintained good academic standing, highly motivated, critical and independent thinking as well as independent working ability.
  • Ability to work in teams.
  • International students should also provide TOEFL scores meeting the Graduate School requirements (Due to COVID-19, immigrations restrictions might apply).

Interested candidates should contact Dr. M. Soledad Peresin at soledad.peresin@auburn.edu including:

  • Letter of interest
  • CV including 3-5 references
  • Transcripts.
  • TOEFL scores and GRE scores (Note: GRE scores are not an AU Grad School requirement but they will be heavily considered in the selection process).

The review of the applications starts immediately until the position is filled.

The chosen candidate will be required to apply through the graduate school of Auburn University.

Dr. Peresin’s lab is housed at the Forest Products Development Center (FPDC), School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. More information about FPDC can be found here. She has established a solid multidisciplinary research platform that gathers expertise in the areas of chemistry, pharmacy, materials sciences and engineering, as well as product development, encompassing the needs for stimulating new businesses in food, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medicine sectors, through novel value-added products from biomass (wood, annual crops, agro-forestry, sericulture, etc.). Her research group focuses on surface modification of (nano)cellulose fibers for water remediation, macromolecules immobilization as well as on the development of composite materials using bio-based polymers. Dr. Peresin works closely with other units and Centers including the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Department of Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, College of Horticulture and College of Business.

Auburn University is a public research and land-grant university in Auburn, Alabama. With more than 23,000 undergraduate students and a total enrollment of more than 30,000 with 1,260 faculty members, Auburn is the second largest university in Alabama. It is one of the state’s two public flagship universities.

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