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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory

Iowa State University

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Position Information:

Position Title:
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory

Appointment Type:
Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Would you like to work for a National Laboratory that conducts world-renowned research? Would you enjoy working on a diverse, beautiful, university campus? Can you imagine yourself in a mid-sized location that regularly ranks as one of the U.S. Best Places to Live ? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider a career with Ames Laboratory!

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy federally contracted National Laboratory located in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. We are dedicated to translating foundational science through applied research to create technological innovations. We create materials, inspire minds to solve problems, and address some of the most challenging issues facing our world today. We promote and believe in a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, civility, and shared ownership in support of the Laboratory's collective success. We offer an exceptional benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance, Wellbeing program, Employee Assistance Program;
  • Retirement benefits including defined benefit or defined contribution plans;
  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans;
  • Onsite childcare;
  • Life insurance and long-term disability;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts.

The Division of Chemical & Biological Sciences is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a background in solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting solid-state NMR investigations of heterogeneous catalysts, by conventional as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy. A significant portion of the work will involve solid-state NMR methods development for instance through the development of novel data analysis tools, pulse sequence development, and the advancement and application of emerging technologies including ultra-fast (100 kHz+) magic-angle-spinning, dynamic nuclear polarization, and ultrahigh magnetic fields. Example research topics include the development and application of solid-state NMR methods to gain insights into the dynamics of surface species, using correlation method to probe intersite proximities between moieties on catalyst surfaces, and pulse sequence development.

Ames Laboratory is equipped with 9.4 and 14.1 T solid-state NMR spectrometers with MAS probes for rotor diameters ranging from 5 to 0.75 mm. Aside from these instruments, the lab is also equipped with a 9.4 T Bruker MAS-DNP NMR spectrometer with both 3.2 and 1.3-mm MAS-DNP probes. The successful candidate will have access to synthesis facilities including a Schlenk line and a glovebox and will also be able to collaborate with other PIs in the Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences and the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering for synthetic and additional characterization needs. High-performance computing facilities will also be made available and the successful candidate will use density functional theory calculations to predict structures and NMR parameters when appropriate.

The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and collaborate with a team.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.
  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, or a related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experience in theoretical and experimental aspects of modern solid-state NMR and/or DNP, including method development, and data analysis.
• Demonstrated experience in quantum chemical and/or molecular dynamics simulation.
• Demonstrated experience in inorganic and/or air sensitive synthesis.

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Proposed Start Date:
April 3, 2023

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
April 2, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period

Time Type:
Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References
If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing Program.

Original Posting Date:
February 6, 2023

Posting Close Date:
March 4, 2023

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