Your MSE Department Contact:

Professor David Srolovitz
Professor and Graduate Chair

Ms. Irene Clements
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Room 201, LRSM
Phone: 215-898-8337


Fellowships and Jobs

Information Session on the DOW Chemical Company

The Dow Chemical Company will host an information session on Monday, August 14, 2017 in the Lynch seminar room (Chemistry building); details below. This event is open to all PhD Students and postdocs. This year the information session will focus on Dow's Microbial Control business.

Dow will then follow up with on-campus interviews August 28-29th of CBE, MSE and BE graduate (PhD) students who will be defending in 2018 or later, as well as postdocs with less than 2 years of experience. If you meet these criteria and want to be considered for an interview, send your CV and a one-page research summary to Craig Ryan ( by Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist - Altuglas

Based at Arkema Inc.'s Corporate Offices and R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA, theResearch Scientist / Senior Research Scientistis responsible for leading new product development, from idea generation through commercialization, using Arkema’s staged development process. The successful incumbent will execute the Altuglas composite and resin growth strategy and will contribute innovation across multiple application platforms (e.g., Elium® liquid thermoplastic composite resins, Solarkote® capstocks, LED lighting, etc.), with technical leadership for at least one area of focus. TheResearch Scientist / Senior Research Scientistwill collaborates with the Altuglas Resin business group to develop and execute strategies for growth opportunities and will assume a customer-facing role for early stage identification/vetting of growth opportunities. Addditionally, this position is responsible for leading technical programs internally within Altuglas/Arkema (North America and global; Altuglas and cross-BU collaborations) and externally with industrial and academic partners. The incumbent will also provide technical support for the manufacturing of Plexiglas® resin and Elium® liquid thermoplastic composite resins.

Specific job activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Fully participate in the Altuglas and Arkema KOP safety programs
  • Design, implement, and execute the R&D plan to carry out new product developments.
  • Conduct and manage execution of experimental programs. Gather, organize, and interprets data.
  • Prepare internal research reports and customer presentations.
  • Manage multiple technical programs concurrently.
  • Supervise / coordinate work in Altuglas R&D group to support activities.
  • Collaborate with the Altuglas Business and Manufacturing groups and Altuglas technical teams globally.
  • Effectively lead development programs at existing/new customers and external partners/consortia.
  • Establish contacts with potential customers to identify new opportunities to bring back to team.
Business travel is anticipated to be around 20%.

  • Ph.D. in Polymer Science or related field with a minimum of 5 years of experience in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and/or material science.
  • Expertise in materials structure property characterization and material properties; previous composite experience, while not required, is a strong positive.
  • Prior experience in organic and/or polymer chemistry.
  • Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking, planning, customer facing and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and run complex projects across disciplines.
  • Advanced data interpretation skills (experimental design and/or advanced statistical analysis) along with proficiency with PC based systems and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to interface with markets and customers.
  • Proven track record of leadership skills.
  • Excellent communications skills.

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in close to 50 countries, some 19,000 employees and research centers in North America, France and Asia, Arkema generates pro forma annual revenue of some $8.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.,

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

For more information about the EEOC, please refer to The "EEO IS The Law" poster at

DSM Biomedical in Search of an Analytical Chemist
Experience with thermal and mechanical testing of polymers, specifically polyurethanes preferred. Please contact for more details.
DSM Biomedical

Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE)
Cleanroom Staff: Staff Engineer II / Process Engineer

VINSE operations are moving into new cleanroom and advanced imaging facilities on the main and basement levels, respectively, of Vanderbilt University’s new 230,000 sqft Engineering and Science Building (ESB). These facilities will be focal points at the ESB with the new VINSE cleanroom totaling approximately 10,000 total sqft of floor space. As a key part of this expansion into the new ESB facilities, VINSE is recruiting a cleanroom-focused process engineer to support research and coursework activities. The ideal candidate will possess a relevant science or engineering background supported by strong communication, teamwork, personal management, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

The successful candidate will play a critical role in VINSE’s efforts to support research across a broad range of technical disciplines and interests, to advance undergraduate education and to expand outreach activities with schools and other community groups. This person must have a strong technical background to meet the following performance expectations with minimal oversight:
Actively involved in the development and implementation of cleanroom processes along with ensuring the facility complies with all health and safety standards
Develop and improve processes and capabilities of interest to the VINSE research community and ensure appropriate documentation is created, revised and maintained
Assist VINSE users with research activities including troubleshooting problems and assisting with the development of unique processing capabilities
Proactively work with researchers to ensure a positive and productive experience in VINSE facilities
Help specify and install new equipment along with the development of the associated processes and procedures that expand VINSE’s technical capabilities
Work with other staff members to maintain VINSE facilities and supporting infrastructure including coordinating, recommending and/or providing preventive maintenance and repairs of equipment
Train users on cleanroom processes and equipment
This position is a great opportunity to become involved across a broad spectrum of cleanroom-based activities involving interdisciplinary research and undergraduate education. Countless opportunities for personal and professional growth exist for the motivated candidate.

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
MS or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry or Physics; BS considered for candidates with five or more years of relevant experience
Previous cleanroom experience
Expertise in one or more of the following areas is required: Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of thin films including microwave plasma CVD, plasma-enhanced CVD (PECVD) and thermal CVD; thermal evaporation, sputter and electron-beam deposition of thin films; reactive ion etching (RIE); wet chemical etching and cleaning; photolithography; soft lithography techniques; and electron-beam lithography.
Vanderbilt is a private, internationally recognized research university located on 330 park-like acres 1.5 miles from downtown Nashville, Tennessee. With a metro population of approximately 1.5 million people, Nashville has been named the “It” city by Time magazine and one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine. Vanderbilt University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer that aspires to become a leader among peer institutions in making meaningful and lasting progress in responding to the needs and concerns of women and members of under-represented minority groups.

The Class of 1939 Fellowship
provides full tuition for the first year of Ph.D. study to a student who has received, or will receive, a Penn undergraduate degree in 2015, 2016, or 2017. Under the terms of the donation, the school or the department must supplement this award to create a full four-year fellowship for the student.

The Graduate Group should provide a letter of support that summarizes the qualifications of the nominee and specifies the source of the matching support. It may be uploaded at
or submitted by email to or by mail to the Provost’s Office, 1 College Hall/6303 by the March 31 deadline.

The Y.H. Park Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a master’s student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea.

Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees. They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations.

Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

Applications may be submitted online at