Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Job description

Posting Number:


Position Number:


Position Type:

Post Doc



Department ID:

140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr


140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr

Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties:

We are seeking a postdoc to perform research in surface chemical reactions for atomically precise thin film deposition and etching of materials including metals, metal oxides and polymers. The overall goal of this project, funded by industry through the Semiconductor Research Corporation, is to understand basic surface reaction mechanisms during Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Atomic Layer Etching (ALE) to create new methods for high-precision area-selective deposition (ASD). The postdoc will focus on understanding basic surface reactions to identify novel approaches to integrate deposition and etching to achieve well-controlled ASD suitable for advanced semiconductor manufacturing.

The postdoc will be expected to take leadership of their project, including identifying research directions, executing experiments, organizing results, managing interactions with team members and research sponsors, and preparing results for written and oral dissemination. They must be skilled in oral, written and visual communication, be able to organize and regularly present research updates to the PI, group, and external sponsors. They will also be expected to travel to national and international conferences and project reviews to present research results and provide positive representation for the group.

The candidate must be able to work independently, as well as collaborate effectively within a team. Parsons’ group members are highly interactive, and the postdoc is expected to contribute positively by mentoring and setting an example for more junior researchers, and by expanding our group’s commitment to a safe, cooperative and diverse work environment.

The postdoc will be expected to draft research articles for publication in peer-reviewed research journals, and help develop and write research proposals for external funding. In addition to their primary project, the postdoc will have opportunity to identify and pursue related research problems of their interest using available laboratory facilities.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

The postdoc may also be asked to perform experiments and related activities, such as thin film deposition tests, materials characterization, and written and oral report preparation and presentation, to support research projects and contracts. The candidate will also be required to communicate effectively orally and in writing with industry or other outside researchers, research sponsors, and university staff and officials.

Work Schedule:

M-F, 8AM - 5PM unless noted otherwise

Department Required Skills:

The candidate must be able to work effectively in a team environment with student researchers, including mentoring more junior researchers, teaching laboratory best practices, analytical characterization, and other laboratory skills. The candidate must also work effectively with Department staff, including responding to Departmental or University requests as indicated by the lab PI.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Position requires a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related field. The ideal candidate will be a recent PhD seeking to gain research experience to help pursue an academic career. Experience in hands-on, thin film materials and deposition methods, in-situ characterization, electron spectroscopy and UHV equipment is highly desired. Familiarity with surface and material characterization analysis such as FTIR, AFM, XPS, SEM, TEM, XRD, XRR, ellipsometry, and AES is also preferred.

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

$47,000 - $50,000

Job Open Date:


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Job No:
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time