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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
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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.


Working at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University (FSU) is a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina System. Situated in southeastern North Carolina, FSU prides itself in being in one of the most diverse cities in the country and neighbor to one of the nation’s largest military installations – Fort Bragg.

FSU has a rich history that serves as genesis for its current status as a leading institution of higher learning. A year after the Civil War ended, the Phillips School provided primary education to Fayetteville’s black citizens, and the Sumner School provided intermediate education for this population. The two schools were consolidated in 1869 and dedicated in April of that year as the Howard School, in honor of the Freedman’s Bureau chief General O.O. Howard. Seven prominent African-American men pooled $136 to purchase two lots for the first building that housed the Howard School. Robert Harris was named the first principal of the Howard School.

In 1877, the Howard School became not just the first public normal school for African Americans in North Carolina but also the first state-sponsored institution for the education of African-American teachers in the South. It was renamed the State Colored Normal School in Fayetteville that year, Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1939, Fayetteville State College in 1963, and Fayetteville State University in 1969.

While FSU’s roots are as a teacher education institution, it now offers nearly 70 degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. Many of the programs are accredited by the top agencies. The university’s School of Business and Economics is endorsed by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB is one of the most prestigious and rigorous accrediting bodies for business programs in higher education. Currently, less than one-third of U.S. business programs and only 15% of the world's business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. Receipt of this distinguished accreditation provides evidence that FSU’s School of Business and Economics has established itself as a leader among business schools. Additionally, the Master of Business Administration program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review as one of the best graduate business school programs in the country. The Department of Criminal Justice is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). FSU’s criminal justice program is the only such program in North Carolina to hold ACJS certification.

FSU is rapidly becoming a center for research and technology. In spring 2010, the university, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, cut the ribbon on the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Microanalytical and Imaging Center. The center is home to the electron microprobe, an advanced imaging tool that magnifies objects up to 300,000 times.

FSU is a partner in the community. The institution has formulated a strong relationship with the local municipality and with civic and social organizations in the area. The institution enjoys its partnership with its military neighbors. In the coming years, as a result of Base Realignment
and Closure (BRAC), Fort Bragg will be home to more than 50,000 soldiers and some of the nation’s top military brass. To address their educational needs, FSU has implemented a degree in intelligence studies with plans to offer more academic programs with the military in mind.

Students who come to FSU know they will be learning in a nurturing environment from some of the top scholars in their respective fields. As they matriculate, they know their degrees will prepare them to be 21st century global scholars, change agents, and contributing members of society.

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