Research Associate in Chemistry

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-09
Req: R0019147

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the laboratory of Professor Robert J. Gilliard.

The field of study will be main-group chemistry. Research projects will focus on the design and chemical synthesis of low-valent and electrophilic main-group compounds. A key aspect of the project will be examining the fundamental reactivity of relevant compounds with small molecules (e.g., CO2, CO, H2, NH3), unsaturated organic reagents, as well as potential catalytic applications. Thus, this will require the use of bottled gases and equipment for high-pressure reactions (e.g. pressure line, specialized reaction vessels). The mechanochemical properties of applicable compounds will also be investigated. This project relies on anaerobic synthetic techniques and various characterization methods including but not limited to electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (standard and multinuclear), infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. Upon submission of an application, a cover letter should be attached that clearly details the candidate’s experience in this area of chemistry, the analytical techniques outlined above, as well as any additional relevant experience.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (e.q., organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, main-group chemistry, or general chemistry) is required by the start date. Candidates are required to have a strong publication record in main-group synthetic chemistry indicating experience in the handling of reactive molecules using inert atmosphere gloveboxes and Schlenk lines. Corresponding with chemical suppliers and collaborating with research groups outside of the Department of Chemistry and the University of Virginia is an integral part of the position. Thus, candidates must have excellent leadership and communication skills, both oral and written. Candidates will also be expected to serve as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the set-up and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Robert J. Gilliard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

Further information about Professor Gilliard and his research may be found at his website:

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 10/11/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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