Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Job TitlePostdoctoral Research AssociateDepartmentPhysics and AstronomyFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberP21025Open Date10/08/2020Close DateBenefits EligibleYesPosition Summary

The Natelson group at Rice University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct research on light emission in molecular-scale plasmon-based nanostructures. The researcher will be responsible for performing research on multiple interrelated projects and will assist in supervising students in the research. One project is to implement single-photon counting and time correlation spectroscopy to examine the mechanism of light emission from atomic-scale plasmonic tunnel junctions. A second planned set of experiments is to examine the energy and speed limitations of the recently discovered, greatly enhanced light emission of such junctions under combined electronic and optical excitation. A third project would examine emission processes in such junctions coupled to a gain medium. The researcher will be responsible for device fabrication; operation of optical and electronic measurement apparatus; collaborative experimental design and analysis of the resulting data; and collaborative writing of papers to publish the results.

Education Required

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate


Physics or other related fields

Education PreferredExperience Required

No experience required

Experience Preferred

- Experience with electron beam lithography, nanofabrication, and plasmonics
- Experience with optical systems, including diode lasers, free-space optics, microscopy, spectrometers.
- Experience with photon counting techniques
- Experience with electrical pulse generators
- Experience working in teams, including demonstrated leadership qualities

Skills Required

- Skill with electron-beam lithography and nanofabrication
- Skill with standard electronic measurement techniques, computer control of experiments
- Skill with optical measurements
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as oral presentation skills
- Organization and time management skills

Skills PreferredPhysical Demands

Must be able to perform work safely in a laboratory environment, including a cleanroom and standard (safe) handling of laboratory chemicals.

Working Conditions

- The group and the laboratory are located at Rice University in Houston, Texas (pandemic conditions permitting)
- Attendance at group meetings and travel to workshops and conferences is expected

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Essential Personnel

Position not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Posting Functions

- Fabricates nanoscale plasmonic junctions via lithographic and related methods, and characterizes their electronic and optical emission properties
- Sets up and implements single-photon counting and time-correlation spectroscopy for the emitted light from these devices
- Incorporates electronic pulse generator to examine time-dependent electroluminescent response
- Fabricates junctions integrated with gain medium, examines electrically and optically driven emission processes
- Acquires and analyzes relevant experimental data
- Aids students in the research group
- Provides academic services (ie. teaching classes) to the department as required
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Publications
  4. Personal Statement
Optional Documents
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Have you completed all the requirements of a PhD or other doctoral degree in physics or related field, including defense and final submission of thesis?
      • Yes
      • No
      • Will have degree conferred before the start of the appointment




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    Posted: 10/10/2020
    Application Due: 1/8/2021
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