Postdoctural Research Associate

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • Oct 15, 2020

Job Description

Job ID 2325Date posted 09/29/2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

Organizational Overview

The Chemistry Division (http://www.bnl.gov/chemistry) of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL, http://www.bnl.gov) seeks postdoctoral Research Associates to join the newly DOE-funded Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE), a Fuels from Sunlight Center that will be led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In addition to BNL, CHASE includes collaborators at Emory University, North Carolina State University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. The successful candidates will conduct basic research as part of the CHASE team with a specific focus on (i) efficient coupling of semiconductor light absorption to molecular catalysis; (ii) the control of molecular catalysis by tuning of the microenvironment at the interface; and (iii) coupling of multiple molecular catalysts through cascade catalysis to generate liquid fuels from carbon dioxide.

Position Description

The successful candidates will work collaboratively with a team of scientists from the Artificial Photosynthesis (AP, https://www.bnl.gov/chemistry/AP/) and Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure (CRS, https://www.bnl.gov/chemistry/CRS/) groups and will be supervised by CHASE principal investigators from those groups. Research is also expected to involve extensive collaboration with investigators at other CHASE institutions.

Position Requirements

  • Ph. D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science.
  • Extensive experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Synthesis/characterization of organic compounds, inorganic, and organometallic coordination complexes.
    • Homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis of small molecule activation.
    • Electrochemistry applied to mechanistic and kinetic studies in solution and at interfaces.
    • Time-resolved spectroscopies such as UV/Vis transient absorption (TA), time-resolved infrared (TRIR), and time-resolved resonance Raman (TR3).
    • Radiation chemistry techniques, particularly pulse radiolysis.
    • Synchrotron-based techniques (XAS, XPS, XRD, RIXS) for molecular and heterogeneous catalysts, including in-situ and in-operando methods.
    • Experience in mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions is a plus.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.

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Three BNL postdoctoral positions will be filled. The positions will be available starting March-April 2021 and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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