Job ID: 172089

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Polymer Science and Engineering

The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Nov. 12, 2021
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate: Polymer Science and Engineering
  • School of Polymer Science and Engineering
  • The University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg, MS
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications must be submitted online at Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Derek Patton (

In accordance with the IHL Board Directive and Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, The University of Southern Mississippi requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have an approved legal exemption and/or accommodation on file with Human Resources prior to your anticipated start date.

Job Summary: The School of Polymer Science and Engineering invites applications a postdoctoral research position focused in the area of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites. The position is collaborative and will be jointly advised by Profs. Derek Patton and Sarah Morgan. The ideal candidate would have a background in polymer synthesis (thermoplastic and/or thermoset chemistries), polymer processing (extrusion, 3D printing, etc.), and polymer characterization (NMR, XPS, thermomechanical analysis). The initial appointment is for one year, with the potential for continuation based on the progression of the project and availability of funding.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Conduct research related to the synthesis, processing, and characterization of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites
2. Engage in mentorship and supervision of graduate and undergraduate student research
3. Communicate the results of research to a spectrum of stakeholders via preparation of high quality technical reports,
peer reviewed journal articles, and formal and informal presentations.
4. Participate in writing grant proposals
5. Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
1. Earned Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering or a closely related discipline
2. Demonstrated record of intellectual and academic accomplishments evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations
3. Ability to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or to have an approved legal exemption and/or accommodation on file with Human Resources prior to your anticipated start date

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Self-motivated and ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and collegially in a team environment with scientists and engineers representing diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with 2D fillers (graphene, boron nitride, etc.) preferred but not required
  • Candidates should have strong experimental experience and a track record of successful research

About the School: SPSE comprises faculty members with research programs in polymer composites, biomaterials and bioinspired polymers, materials for energy and sustainability, optoelectronic materials, and coatings and thin films with external funding totaling ~$27M over the past three years. SPSE offers state-of-the-art facilities for polymer-related research including a shared thermal/thermomechanical analysis suite, 400/600 MHz NMR spectrometers, SAXS/WAXS laboratory beamline, XPS/UPS spectrometer, magnetic characterization, AC/DC SQUID magnetometer, ESR, polymer processing (extrusion/injection molding), composite fabrication facilities, and computing capabilities. SPSE is home to ~80 Ph.D. students and ~100 undergraduate students; it offers polymer science and engineering degrees at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels. For more information about SPSE, visit

About the University of Southern Mississippi: The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 131 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and large event venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 37 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of more than 14,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 27 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

  • As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Contact Information

  • Derek Patton
    School of Polymer Science and Engineering
    The University of Southern Mississippi
    118 College Drive #5050
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406
  • 601-266-4229

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