Postdoctoral Associate -Cuk Lab

Job description

Areas of Intereset: Research
Functional Areas: Research & Innovation Office
Department: Renewable Energy Initiative
Requisition Number: 13315
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the Cuk Research Group, Department of Chemistry and the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado, Boulder: The goal of this lab is to understand the dynamics of surface chemical reactions involving charge: the series of electron transfers and chemical steps by which an electrode surface converts chemical bonds. Such fundamental science is critical for understanding both the storage of diffuse forms of energy, such as light and electricity, into chemical bonds and redox intensive chemical synthesis. The investigations involve time-resolving the reaction from the point of charge transfer to the electrode surface through bond formation; the light-triggered reaction at the interface is followed by multiple time-resolved spectroscopies. This postdoctoral position will have a research focus on the construction and application of time-resolved, stimulated Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. The experiments should give molecular insight into the pathway of H2O oxidation to O2 from picoseconds to microseconds using the Raman probe; they will uniquely expand the previous studies from the lab using mid-infrared and optical probes. Another project in development is to follow the CO oxidation reaction (to CO2) in an aqueous environment, with both the vibrational and electronic (optical) probes.

Who We Are

The lab is located at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) within the University of Colorado, Boulder. The Institute, a partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is highly interdisciplinary, housing chemists, physicists, biochemists, and engineers. The PI is a professor within the Chemistry department and an adjunct professor at NREL.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work in close collaboration with the PI to develop time-resolved techniques to study the electrochemical interface.
  • Execute experimental (optical & electrical) designs.
  • Take and analyze data, and interpret the results.
  • The investigations will involve collaborations with theorists and electrochemists at partner institutions.
    • Write and communicate experimental results to the team and the scientific community.

What You Should Know

The position is initially for one year, starting December 1, 2018, but can be extended for up to three additional years.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position starts at $47,476.00 but will be based upon relevant background and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Be Accomplished. Be Supportive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Ph. D in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or related field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Significant experience with either ultrafast laser spectroscopy or constructing experimental setups involving light detection is highly desired.
  • Experience with surface catalysis and electrochemical techniques is advantageous.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Proof of Degree: The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date 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. List of Professional Publications

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Tanja Cuk

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 10/14/2018
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