Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering, Boise State University
Candidates for a postdoctoral fellow (PD) or research scholar (RS) position are sought to carry out research on excited-state quenching and quantum coherence in DNA-templated dye aggregate systems. This position is part of a project in the Nanoscale Materials and Device Group (NMDG) in the Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering (MSMSE) at Boise State University.
Educational and Technical Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science & engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field
• Expertise in ultrafast nonlinear optical spectroscopy applied to the study of structure and dynamics in condensed matter (liquid or solid), with a preference for candidates with experience performing cryogenic measurements and/or specific expertise in pump-probe and 2D electronic spectroscopy (2DES)
• Experience designing, constructing, and implementing new ultrafast nonlinear optical techniques and/or applying them to investigate complex excited-state dynamics in the condensed phase
• Working theoretical background knowledge of and/or experience developing advanced models to simulate ultrafast nonlinear optical spectroscopy data
• Excellent scientific writing and communication skills as exemplified by a strong publication record
• Team player with an excellent work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, and high intrinsic self-motivation to learn and work in the lab
In addition to the above, persons applying for the Research Scholar position should possess a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience (or equivalent research experience) with a demonstrated record of research productivity.
Required Basic Qualifications:
• Ability to acquire accurate, reproducible data
• Critical eye towards consistency and reproducibility
• Excellent project and time management skills
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Advocate for safety and ethics in the work place
The PD/RS’s primary research will entail examining the structure and dynamics of molecular excitons in DNA-templated dye aggregates as a member of (and under the direction of) the NMDG’s ultrafast spectroscopy team, comprising Dr. Ryan Pensack, Dr. Paul Davis, and Professor Nirmala Kandadai. The PD/RS will also work under the guidance of Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. Bernard Yurke, formerly of Bell Labs and considered one of the founders of the field of DNA nanotechnology. The PD/RS will be part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, physicists, and chemists with expertise in a variety of steady-state, ultrafast, and single-molecule experimental methods and computational approaches. The approximate expected division of labor is 85% conducting and disseminating research, 10% contributing to proposal writing and reporting activities, and 5% advising and mentoring. The PD/RS is expected to be an active and supportive member of the NMDG, maintaining a high level of communication with its members, as well as publishing results in a timely manner and presenting annually at one or more professional conferences (travel funding is available).
The duration of the project is approximately 2-3 years with the possibility to be extended. Approved annual salary ranges depending upon experience and qualifications are ~$50,000-$55,000 for the Postdoctoral Fellow or ~$60,000-$65,000 for the Research Scholar.
Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering Boise State University
MSMSE and Boise State University:
The MSMSE is part of a vibrant College of Engineering (COEN) at Boise State. The College offers a variety of accredited programs and enjoys a high level of support from the local high-tech industry in Idaho and the Intermountain West. The MSMSE program is ABET-accredited and one of the fastest growing MSE programs in the U.S., offering B.S., M.S., M.Engr., and Ph.D. degrees. With over 50 doctoral students, it is the largest engineering Ph.D. program in the state. A recent Micron Foundation gift of $25M seeded construction of the world class Micron Center for Materials Research building, which is slated for completion in April 2020 and includes a state-of-the-art, multi-lab ultrafast laser facility.
Boise State University is the largest university in Idaho, with an enrollment of over 25,000 students. Boise State is located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area, which serves as the government, business, high-tech, economic, and cultural center of the state. Located along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and ranked 20th on Forbes’ 2017 list of the best cities for young professionals, Boise provides a vibrant downtown with unlimited cultural and recreational opportunities ranging from art and dining to world-class whitewater, skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, running, hiking, climbing, fishing, and camping.
If you are interested in this position: Please submit a letter of application indicating your interest in and summary of qualifications for this position. In addition, attach a curriculum vitae that includes three professional references with contact information. Application materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Postdoctoral Fellow application” or “Research Scholar application” depending upon qualifications and the position being applied for.
Review of applications will begin August 9, 2019, and will continue until finalists are identified. Applications received after that point may be considered if the position is not filled from the initial finalist pool.
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