One PhD candidate graduate position is available for a multidisciplinary project at the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University.
The successful candidate will be involved in a highly multidisciplinary research and will receive training in biomass chemistry, chemometric modeling, and development of bio-based resins. The proposed project is in close collaboration with industry and focuses on development of lignin-based bioproducts for application in coatings and adhesives. The results of this study are expected to find application for lignin (by-products of pulp and paper, and bioethanol industry) while developing sustainable raw materials for polymer industry.

The candidate should have:

  • Undergraduate degree in chemistry or chemical engineering and master’s degree relevant to the topic of the study
  • Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing (min GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale basis)
  • Have a TOEFL score of 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 or better (students with non-English credentials only)
  • Be self-motivated and adaptive to a team of multi-disciplinary researchers

The successful candidate will be funded in the amount of US $20,000 per year for the period of 3 years plus tuition, fees and insurance.
The review of the applications will start on January 15th, 2015, and the expected enrollment in the program is May 1st, 2015.
To apply, please send a one page cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees by email as a single pdf file to Dr. Mojgan Nejad at

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.