Research Associate

United States, North America
Apr 24, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Information

Posting Number: 9229

Internal Posting Date: 03-19-2014

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 05-01-2014

Job Title: Research Associate

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Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Natural Science

Primary Department: 10032142 CHEMISTRY

Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Position Summary: Post-Doctoral (Research Associate) Position in Computational Molecular Modeling of Hydrous Materials with Geochemical Applications. A postdoctoral research (research associate) position is available immediately in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University. This position is associated with a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science. The research is a combined computational and experimental (mostly NMR) study of the structure and dynamics of hydrous material systems with geochemical applications. Computational molecular modeling efforts will focus on the structure, dynamics, and energetics of phyllosilicates (clays) and water, CO2, biomolecules, natural organic matter (NOM), cations and anions confined in these materials and at their surfaces.

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Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical physics, materials science, chemical engineering, geoscience or a related discipline, and must have substantial experience with computational atomistic and molecular simulation techniques such s molecular dynamics
or Monte Carlo methods. Proven background in using first-principles methods and programming experience are desirable. Familiarity with the fundamentals of NMR spectroscopy is a plus but not required. Strong communication and independent working skills, including demonstratable ability to communicate effectively with experimentalists, and good judgment and accountability are also required. Applications must complete all doctoral degree requirements before starting the appointment.

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Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: For equal consideration, review of application materials will begin on May 1, 2014, and will continue until suitable candidates are identified.

Application materials should include a cover letter, CV, and names and email addresses of three references, all of which should be uploaded as a single electronic (PDF) document under "Other".

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Professor R. James Kirkpatrick, Chair of the Search Committee (

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: R. James Kirkpatrick/ Dean, College of Natural Science/

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Union Affiliation Non UnionPI76263725