Postdoctoral Associate

Boulder, Colorado
Feb 20, 2021
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19-Feb-2021 Close All Job SummaryNIST’s Material Measurement Laboratory and Communications Technology Laboratory are developing a new spectroscopy for intermolecular interactions. The team is pioneering an electric-acoustic spectrometer that selectively drives and detects intermolecular interactions and developing new electric-acoustic spectral simulations. This spectroscopy is a step towards tailored intermolecular interactions to increase chemical separation yield and optimize separations design. The validation team is located in the MML Applied Chemicals and Materials Division (Fluid Characterization Group) and uses existing spectroscopy techniques including high-pressure NMR, acoustic spectroscopy and dielectric spectroscopy to validate the electric-acoustic spectroscopy. The team will probe simple, well-known intermolecular interactions such as the ion-pairing of crown ethers.
We are encouraging applications for a postdoctoral research associate to develop high-pressure nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for the measurement of intermolecular interactions of ions in solution. Measurements of ion-pairing equilibria or ion-complexation equilibria (in crown ethers or organometallic cages, for example) are of interest. A short-term goal of this project is to validate the performance of electric-acoustic spectroscopy, a new technique being developed at NIST for measuring intermolecular interactions. Longer-term goals include the development of highly efficient separations and catalytic reactions. This collaboration is with an interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists across groups and laboratories at NIST.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreThe Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is a special partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder. PREP provides research opportunities to CU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers with a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in NIST labs to gain research experience alongside NIST scientists. The particular group that needs a researcher is the Fliud Characterization Group under the Applied Chemicals and Materials Division at NIST.What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Design and conduct high-field NMR experiments to measure ion-pairing or ion-complexation equilibria in solution.
  • Analyze data and make uncertainty determinations for NMR results.
  • Present findings in oral and written formats for formal and informal audiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.
What We Can OfferThe salary range is $66,000 - $79,500 and will be based upon relevant background and experience.BenefitsThe 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.Be StatementsBe Courageous. Be Excited. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • The candidate must have obtained a PhD in chemistry or a related field before the position’s start date.
  • Previous experience with NMR spectroscopy is required.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for one reference and we will request a letter of recommendation from them immediately following your application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact InformationPosting Contact Name: Lisa Valencia

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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