Lemont, Illinois

The Solar Energy Conversion Group within the Chemical Sciences and Engineering division is seeking applicants for post-doctoral associate positions in the areas of: synthesis of molecular catalysts and metal clusters, molecular surface immobilization strategies, electro- and photochemical analysis of molecular complexes and thin films, analysis of catalytic mechanisms, and X-ray scattering and spectroscopy characterization methods of molecular assemblies and thin films.

This work will support fundamental research programs aimed at:

1) Understanding the light-absorption and catalytic activity of newly discovered few-atom inorganic cluster complexes using experimental and theoretical methods.

2) The mechanisms and activity of molecular complexes for electrocatalytic water remediation approaches. Characterization of light- and redox-driven reaction pathways and structural dynamics in these new molecular materials will be accomplished by steady-state and time-resolved optical absorbance spectroscopy, electrochemical methods, and X-ray scattering and spectroscopy analyses at the Advanced Photon Source.

Position Requirements

  • Considerable knowledge of and experimental expertise in multistep, air-sensitive organic/inorganic syntheses, purification techniques, and standard characterization methods.
  • Demonstrated experience in synthesis and characterization of transition-metal coordination compounds, new ligand structures, and/or inorganic clusters by scientific publications in relevant journals is desired
  • Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Good skill in data processing, evaluation, and interpretation. Working in an interdisciplinary research team setting
  • Some knowledge of and experimental expertise in one or more of the following techniques is a plus: absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy, electrochemistry, transient optical spectroscopy, X-ray scattering, X-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in inorganic chemistry or related disciplines at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience


Job Family
Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile
Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type
Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Full time

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Lemont, Illinois

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