Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowship support begins on or after August 1, 2023 and fellowships will not extend beyond July 31, 2024.

About the Postdoctoral Fellowship

The CSP has initiated a postdoctoral fellowship program to augment the typical postdoctoral researcher hiring pathway of referral from advisor to advisor. Along with other NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation, we hope to form a cohort of fellows who can support one another during the postdoctoral research experience. Participation of groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines is essential to the health and vitality of science and engineering. The CSP is dedicated to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences, and to that end welcomes applications for the CSP Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Process Timeline for the Fellowship Application

Infographic reads: application deadline is November 15, 2022. Candidate Interviews December 2022 to January 2023. Awardees notified by 1 March 2023. Fellowship Period is August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024.

Program and Eligibility

Applicants must have completed their PhD by the start of the fellowship, and we strongly encourage applicants who identify as an underrepresented/minoritized person in the sciences (e.g., female, genderqueer, transgender, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/Latinx, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, have a disability, or a veteran of the US Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard) but all applicants are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your interest, your current CV, and up to three selected publications by email to Jennifer McCambridge via the CSP email: csp@umn.edu. In your cover letter indicate which CSP investigators are most aligned with your future research interests and a brief statement describing how you intend to contribute to the center’s effort of broadening participation among underrepresented groups in the sciences. Applicants who do not follow the application procedures will not be considered.

CSP Highlights and Offerings

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About the CSP

The CSP integrates sustainability issues that focus on the science and technology of polymeric materials into research, education, and public outreach initiatives. We aim to establish foundational chemical principles that enable the efficient and economical conversion of natural and abundant molecules into tomorrow’s advanced polymers.

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Sustainable Polymer Framework

The field of sustainable polymers is a very active, broad, and diverse area of research. Our goal is to introduce an integrated systems-thinking approach that considers the interconnection of all sustainable polymer criteria and their potential impact across the environment, economy, and society.

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Beyond the Classroom

The Beyond the Classroom series allows our researchers to become more knowledgeable about broad topics relevant to the Center’s research. These seminars are designed to give interdisciplinary peers a shared understanding and to foster collaborative research.

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Internal Research Meetings

Each month, connect with over 70+ CSP investigators and researchers on the latest work happening around the Center. These virtual meetings consist of three ten-minute research presentations followed by breakout rooms to share ideas and ask questions with the speakers.

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What’s new?

See what is happening now around Center on CSP news and social media.

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Covestro Lectureship in Sustainability

With generous sponsorship from Covestro, the CSP hosts the annual Covestro Lectureship in Sustainability. Leaders working on issues in sustainability deliver a lecture designed for a general audience.

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Questions?

For questions, contact Director of Education, Outreach, & Diversity, Jennifer McCambridge csp@umn.edu.