Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Position Title::

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Full-time or Part-time::

Full Time


Chemistry, Physics, Material Science

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EHRA (Non-Faculty)

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Hiring Range::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Maximum salary::

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Overall Position Competency::

Flat Rate

Description of primary duties and responsibilities::

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The Department of Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Chemistry, with concentrations in general chemistry, chemistry entrepreneurship, materials science, pre-pharmacy, pre-health and biochemistry. The Department provides students with a quality education and prepares students with the ability to provide quality chemical analysis through various analytical methods and instrumentations.
Under the administration the department, the Interdisciplinary Materials Research and Education Laboratory (IMREL) was established as a platform to collaboratively conduct interdisciplinary materials research and education at FSU, funded by the National Science Foundation. It houses state-of-the-art research infrastructure. The mission of IMREL is to provide an open platform for faculty, staff and students at FSU, and external national and international collaborators to conduct cutting-edge materials research and transformative STEM education.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The US Army Research Office (ARO), Department of Defense (DoD), funded FSU with a project entitled “Radiation Response of Nanoscintillators Using a Cathodoluminescence Spectrometer on an Electron Probe Microanalyzer”, under Contract No. W911NF1810469 in the amount of $569,481. Hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow is a project activity which is fully budgeted. This position is fully supported by this DoD award including annual salary and fringe benefits. No cost from FSU is requested. The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research in luminescence and radiation detection, and research training of undergraduates, significantly promoting the research activities at FSU.

Description of Work Continued::

Duties and Responsibilities:

(1) The Postdoctoral Fellow is supervised by the PI, Dr. Zhiping Luo, working in research and research training of undergraduates in the following activities:
(2) Research in nanoscintillator sample synthesis, structural characterization, photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence property measurement, and radiation detection using the nanoscintillators.
(3) Research training of undergraduates at IMREL, including sample synthesis, preparation, processing, characterization and property measurement.
(4) Assisting the PI to teach classes and labs
(5) Daily maintenance of the research instruments at IMREL.
(6) Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements::

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or other related disciplines.
The successful candidate must be experienced in nanomaterial synthesis, and in luminescence properties.
Other experiences in some of the characterization methods by SEM, EPMA, TEM, XRD, FTIR, and UV-Vis are required.

Knowledge skills and abilities::

Must be very experienced in nanomaterial fabrications, especially by electrospinning, hydrothermal and mechanical injection methods.
Other experiences in characterization by AFM, CV, FTIR, PL, UV-Vis, XRD, and electron microscopy are required. Must possess a good level of communication skills, and is able to work with a wide range of researchers at IMREL.
The candidate should possess a good level of communication and writing skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants::

Please apply by April 1, 2021 for priority consideration.

Open Until Filled::


Additional Information for Applicants:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified prior to employment. Transcripts should be provided for all earned degrees and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements. Transcript requests are the responsibility of the candidate.

EEO Statement::

This position is subject to the successful completion of an employment background check. An employment background check includes a criminal background check, employment verification, reference checks, license verification (if applicable) and credit history check (if applicable).

Fayetteville State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Moreover, Fayetteville State University values diversity and actively seeks to recruit talented students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

Veteran's Statement:

Fayetteville State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans for our openings.




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Posted: 2/24/2021
Application Due: 3/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time