PARC, a Xerox company Polymer Chemist in Palo Alto, California

Seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, or similar, with prior experience synthesizing porous polymers, to advance the materials synthesis capabilities at PARC.

About the Job

The Hardware Systems Lab (HSL) has an immediate need for a Member of Research Staff or Postdoc (depending on the experience level) with expertise and research interests in porous polymers such as aerogels, and functional polymers.


• Ph.D. in materials science, chemical engineering, or chemistry, with 0-3 years of experience post-graduation • Deep knowledge of nanoporous polymer synthesis such as aerogels, with hands-on experience with their design, fabrication and characterization • Hands-on experience on polymer synthesis by controlled radical and condensation polymerization • Highly self-motivated and capable of developing, leading, and executing his/her own experimental plan • Strong academic achievement as demonstrated by publications and/or patents • Passion for entrepreneurship and commercialization of new technologies • Strong communication, teamwork, and leadership skills

Strongly Desired Qualifications:

• Experience in the development of functional polymers for energy-related applications • Experience in the characterization of optical properties of thin polymer films


The candidate will lead the nanoporous polymer synthesis work at PARC on a major funded project. We also expect the candidate to advance PARC’s polymer-synthesis capabilities on other projects, and to explore new opportunities. It is expected that the candidate will work closely with team members, subcontractors, vendors, and market-facing partners. The candidate must also be able to contribute technically to other leading-edge technologies in the hardware labs, with opportunities to independently develop novel concepts and seedling projects.


We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K). PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

PARC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply or compete for employment with PARC should contact PARC Human Resources.