Sustainable bio-based polymer materials using lignin-first biorefining
Scion (New Zealand) and VITO (Belgium) are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic chemist to investigate the synthesis and performance of novel thermoplastic and thermoset bio-based polymers derived from depolymerised lignins. The project will involve aspects of depolymerising lignin to platform chemicals, synthesis and characterisation of novel bio-based polymers, and material property and applications testing. A successful candidate will have a PhD and research experience in polymer and/or organic chemistry with a track record of publication in international journals.
The Postdoctoral fellow will undertake research work at Scion and VITO supported by a team with expertise in lignin chemistry, polymer chemistry and formulation, and materials science. This unique opportunity will provide you with internationally recognised skills and knowledge in the field of sustainable chemistry and processing for value-added biomaterials that will advance your research career.
Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, is committed to enhancing the environmental and economic transformation of New Zealand, working toward a more sustainable, bio-based future. With more than 60 years of heritage in forestry science, Scion today demonstrates national leadership, world-class innovation and excellence in research and development. Scion’s head office is located in Rotorua, at the edge of the world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest. This location is close to lakes, forests, geothermal areas, beaches and volcanic ski-fields making it a great working environment with many opportunities to balance work with other things that are important in life.
VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (), is an independent research organisation with a staff of approximately 760 employees. It implements customer-oriented research and develops innovative products and processes for both the public and private sector in the areas of chemistry, materials, environment, energy and health. The multidisciplinary skills and technological know-how of VITO’s employees make this organisation a crossroads of research & development, where state-of-the-art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications.
This is a full-time position for two years, available as a two fixed-term one-year contracts with Scion and VITO, with one year spent in New Zealand and one in Belgium.