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Postdoctoral: Cellulose Chemistry and Coating Applications, UBC, Canada

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is availabl in Cellulose Chemistry And Coating Applications at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.

Reference Number: Please refer to PDFO-57041 when applying for this opening.

Duration: Fixed term / Temporary

Contract Type: Full Time


A fellow postdoctoral position in cellulose and carbohydrate polymer chemistry is available immediately in the Sustainable Functional Biomaterials lab at UBC. This position aims to modify cellulose and nanocellulose with enhanced hydrophobicity chemically. A collection of  technologies will be used in the project; for example, 

  1. Surface modification and functionalization, 
  2. Nanomaterials synthesis and characterization, and 
  3. Surface and coating engineering,

Aims and Objectives

The lab mainly focuses on developing advanced functionals from cellulose for packaging, energy harvesting, thermal management and storage, sensors, water, and environmental treatment. The research outcomes have been published in Nano Energy, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal, Nano Energy, Additive Manufacturing, Nano Energy, and ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.  

Qualifications, Knowledge, and Skills:

  1. Ph.D. in the field of polymer chemistry and modification or surface and coating chemistry /engineering or cellulose and polysaccharides chemistry or materials science and engineering, or any other related disciplines
  2. The candidate should demonstrate substantial expertise in the development of functional coating materials for different substrates, surface modification, along with functionalization;
  3. The candidate should possess experience in working with cellulose modification and surface coating;
  4. Shows vital publication records and experience in publishing high-impact journals.
  5. Experiences in materials synthesis and characterization, like BET, SEM, TEM, contact angle measurement, and barrier properties.
  6. Solid English communication skills (both oral and written).


  1. Develop advanced coating formulation for water-resistant coating applications using cellulose or nano cellulose;
  2. Preparation of project reports and manuscripts/patents application
  3. Develop and write grant proposals.
  4. Presentation at international conferences.
  5. Supervise graduate and undergraduate students for research;

Joining the Fellowship

The initial fellowship appointment is for one year and will be renewed based on performance and funding availability. The position is available immediately. 

Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should send their applications e to Dr. Feng Jiang ( 
The complete application package should include the following:

  1. A research statement briefing the research interests and past research experience and achievement along with a future research plan that fits the position described above; 
  2. Updated CV with a complete list of publications; 
  3. Upto three journal publications (showcasing your research experience and ability in relevant areas). 
  4. Name three references (A Skype/phone interview will be scheduled for top candidates).

Please send applications to and refer to reference number PDFO-57041.

About Organization

University of British Columbia (abbreviated as UBC) is a public university in Vancouver, Canada. It was founded in 1908 and is consistently ranked as one of the top 40 universities in the world. UBC offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs in various fields, such as arts, sciences, business, engineering, education, medicine, and law. The university has two main campuses, one in Vancouver and another in Kelowna, with a total student population of over 60,000.

UBC is known for its vital research programs, diverse student body, and beautiful natural surroundings. Equality and diversity are fundamental to academic excellence. An open community fosters the inclusion of underrepresented or discouraged. Applications are encouraged from people of groups that have been marginalized. These may include members of all sex, sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions, racialization, age, political belief, disability, religions, marital or family statuses, etc.

Quick Overview

Type: Postdoctoral
Organization: Canada: University of British Columbia
Location: Canada , Vancouver
Fellowship Amount: As per university regulations
Eligibility: PhD
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