Catalysis Post-Doctoral Fellow

Fayetteville, AR
Sep 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Number NC883P

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Working Title Catalysis Post-Doctoral Fellow

Position Number 16396

Department Chemistry/ Biochemistry

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 2 schools, 17 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry strives for excellence in the central science by recruiting a diverse group of the best faculty, staff, and students to address the challenges of modern chemistry and biochemistry through interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and education.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

The Beyzavi Group in the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for a highly motivated and hard-working Post-Doctoral Fellow to study transition-metal based catalytic systems. This initial appointment will be for one year, with expectation for renewal. The project will involve collaborative work and the learning of new multidisciplinary techniques. One of the main focuses of Beyzavi Group is the development of unique catalytic systems to be incorporated into nano materials, e.g. MOFs, COFs and NPs. This position involves organic synthesis of ligands, preparation and characterizing of transition-metal based complexes, testing their properties, catalytic activities and reporting results to the PI. This position requires mentoring of junior researchers, manuscript and patent preparation and submission of proposals for further work. This position will perform other duties as assigned.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Ph.D. in chemistry or a related degree conferred by the start of employment

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in organometallic/organic chemistry or functional materials or in related areas
  • Hands-on experience in crystalline nanomaterials in particular MOFs, organic synthesis, glovebox techniques, HPLC, GC, NMR, and mass spectroscopy
  • Experience in heterogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials, and gas phase catalysis
  • Demonstrated solid track record of scientific achievement as documented by peer-reviewed scientific journal publications
  • Demonstrated evidence of innovative research ideas and aspirations

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong scientific problem-solving skills
  • Ability to analyze and interpret experimental data
  • Ability to be personally motivated and work in a creative manner
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Crouching
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Stooping


  • Feeling
  • Grasping
  • Hearing
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Repetitive motion

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Physical Conditions None. The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in typical office or administrative work).

Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 40 hours per week (schedule will vary based on position needs)

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Fayetteville Campus - Chemistry Building, Chemistry and Biochemistry Research Building, and Discovery Hall. As a part of collaboration, the post-doctoral fellow may be sent to Harvard University, or another university/institute for several months.

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No

Does this position require a background check? Yes

If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check

Does this position require a substance abuse test? No

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 10/29/2017

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

M. Hassan Beyzavi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Contact Beyzavi Group

All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A's employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application; curriculum vitae (including publications and reference contacts); and 10-12 slides (ppt format) of previous research uploaded to the 'Other Documents' link (optionally, applicants can include slides about future proposed research).

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Will you have a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related degree conferred by the start of employment?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Other Document
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status


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