Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Chemistry

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Research Group of Prof. Janice L. Musfeldt


The position of a Postd-octoral Research Associate is open in the research group of Prof. Jan Musfeldt in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The researcher will conduct research in the areas of materials spectroscopy and near field imaging.  All candidates must have completed all requirements toward their PhD before their employment date.  The search starts immediately and continues till the position is filled.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

    The Musfeldt Group focuses on the spectroscopy of materials.The ideal postdoctoral research associate candidate will work on assigned research projects as well as near field infrared spectroscopy of sheets, surfaces, and interfaces.The postdoctoral research associate candidate must be knowledgeable and experienced in solid state and materials chemistry, vibrational spectroscopies, synchrotron science, and imaging techniques such as AFM and PFM.Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer reviewed journals in a timely manner.Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


    Minimum Requirements: Must have completed all PhD degree requirements by hire date, Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, or materials science.An excellent track record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals.The postdoctoral candidate must have strong verbal and writing skills. The candidate must be willing to work independently and collaboratively with group members, and preferably also with theoretical collaborators. The candidate must also be willing to mentor the graduate students in the group from time to time.Motivated and safety conscious.Ability to set priorities, multi-task and adapt to ever changing needs with the proven ability to function well in a fast-paced environment.
Job: The appointment begins January 2022, and will continue until December 2023.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.Applicants must apply through the UT HR website:; upload the following as one PDF document into your application: cover letter, curriculum vitae, one-to-two page research summary, and list of 3 references with their contact information, including e-mail address, for recommendation letters. 

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Chemistry
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 13, 2021, 3:09:26 PM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

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As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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