Research Associate (Polymers-Rheology)

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-483

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
A research associate position is available for the research project entitled "synthesis of polyesters and their nanocomposites". The project is focused on synthesizing polyesters via step-growth polymerization method and characterization of the synthesized polymer using various physio-chemical methods. In the second step, nanocomposites of the made polyesters will be developed and characterized for their mechanical and barrier properties. The appointment initially is for 6 months starting from February 2020. The research associate MUST apply for the PhD program at UAEU for Fall-2020 intake, and apply for the graduate scholarship and/ fellowship program. Upon acceptance in the PhD program at UAEU, the student will benefit from either full scholarship (covering full tuition + monthly stipend) or fellowship (covering tuition fee waiver + stipend through TA work + AED 2000 research stipend). The position will be extended to another four years based on acceptance in the PhD program. The initial package includes 5000-6000 AED per month (before Fall 2020) based on candidate's experience. No additional benefit is associated with this position. Online submissions will be entertained. The candidates after pre-shortlisting, will be notified for a Skype-based interview via email.

Minimum Qualification
- Must have a masters' degree in Chemical Engineering with thesis on either polymer synthesis, polymer rheology, or melt extensional rheology
- Must have published at one peer reviewed journal article in a reputed international journal. A conference presentation of the thesis work will be advantageous.
- Ability to work independently with flexibility and initiative-based approach
- Willing to learn different techniques and adapt to the continuous changes associated with research demand
- Commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace


Preferred Qualification
- Candidate must have obtained (completed) masters' degree in chemical/polymer engineering. (IELTS => 6.5, and GRE>290)

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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