Research Associate

Boulder, CO
Apr 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Prof. Ivan Smalyukh has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate position in applied physics research on cellulose nanocrystal based aerogels. The research associate will work collaboratively with a team of postdocs and PhD students to optimize fabrication of cellulose nanorods and characterize their liquid crystalline self-assembly, as well as to develop and optimize procedures for converting the self-assembled liquid crystals into ordered hydrogels and aerogels. The postdoc will also characterize optical properties of these aerogel materials. The cellulose nanocrystals will be produced with the help of Acetobacter xylinum bacteria as well as using several other approaches. The anticipated technological applications of the transparent cellulose-based aerogels include thermally insulating transparent films for retrofitting windows and other uses. The position is initially for one year starting from August 1, 2017, but can be extended up to three additional years. Experimental research experiences in colloidal science, microbiology, liquid crystals, aerogels, smart windows, as well as combinations or all of these research areas is preferred.

Minimum qualifications: Applicants are required to have earned a PHD at the start of the employment


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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1. Cover Letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date of the degree was conferred; copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree. 4. Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10180 - Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 12, 2016

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Chris Pappas

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00178622


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