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Postdoc Fellow in Polymer Engineering

Department of Materials Science & Engineering has an immediate postdoc position in polymer engineering.

In addition to research duties, this position should support our new graduate programs in polymer engineering at both MSc and PhD levels. Therefore, part of the job duties is teaching and supervising graduate students (normally co-supervisor).

Although, there should be experimental research, the strategy plan of the department is to strengthen theoretical research in nanoscience. Thus, having experience and skills in theoretical nanoscience is a privilege.

The candidate should have a PhD in polymer chemistry, materials science, or physics. However, strong research experience in the realms of polymer science & engineering is mandatory.

We have a unique strategy in leading the team. Thus, please carefully read the job description before applying. and also check our group strategy at

❃ This is part of a chair system in which assistant/associate professors work under supervision of a chair, and you will be officially appointed as an assistant or associate professor. This is indeed equivalent to the modern postdoc model in the United States and other countries.

❃ You will work in a team of 15 - 20 postdoc fellows coming from different countries.

❃ Due to the team structure, flexibility to be supervised is one of the main criteria.

❃ Contrary to many postdoc fellowships, the present position is not focused on a specific research project. Instead, the postdoc fellows are involved in different tasks from research to academic affairs. The main theme is to empower the team members with various academic skills.

❃ Your workflow including research will be directly assigned by the supervisor. As quoted above, our preliminary goal is to prepare better scholars for leading research projects in the future. If you do not trust the group planning, DO NOT apply.

❃ The postdoc fellows should necessarily start to work on a new research topic (different from their past experiences), and normally involved in literature review during the first six months. The goal is to publish review article or book.

❃ We are looking for people who are ambitious and want to take this step as a jump in his/her academic career to build a world-class research group. There is no room for people who are interested in routine jobs for today.

❃ Due to our training mission, a significant part of this position is teaching duties.

❃ Each member should be committed to the team promotion internationally. Skills for networking are critically important.

❃ The salary is about $24,000 - $30,000, which is quite high considering the cost of living (i.e. four times higher than local full professors). Housing and flights will be covered. On the other hand, we are looking for those who are interested in the potentials of this position rather than a routine job with high salary.

❃ Jimma city is probably different from your imagination about Africa. The nature is greener than Europe, and the weather is always at excellent condition (18 - 25 C).

Criteria of Selection

➠ The main criterion of selection is the motivation and passion for cutting-edge research. We are generally interested in applicants who wish to work in a leading research group as a transition to continue their scientific career in top universities, rather than applicants who look for routine jobs in their scientific career.
➠ Our strategy is result-oriented research with tangible progress of projects in planned direction.
➠ Candidates must be committed to team work, and follow planned duties precisely.
➠ Candidate's attitude to be supervised in direction of the group missions.

Steps of Application/Selection

➊ Applications should be submitted online via THIS PAGE. DO NOT submit applications by email, as the process is through our online system.
➋ Applications will be immediately reviewed to examine basic criteria of selection. Shortlisted candidates will be normally notified within a week after submission.
➌ Approved candidates (shortlisted) will be asked to provide the names of at least three references to submit letter of recommendation.
➍ All shortlisted candidates will be reviewed (along with their letters of recommendation), and the successful candidate will be selected.

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Jimma University
Nationally first-ranked university with over 40,000 students, 3,000 staff, 60 departments spread across 7 campuses. Department: Department of Materials Science & Engineering
City: Jimma
Country: Ethiopia

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