Ultrafast Spectroscopy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Engineering and Architect

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Job Summary/Basic Function:

Serves in a temporary position that enables an individual with their Ph.D. to continue their training as a researcher and gain skills and experience that will prepare them for their research career in academia or elsewhere. As a postdoc, the position can perform mostly independent research, collaborate on a multi-scholar research initiative, or even may have lead responsibility for discrete components of a larger research project or program, all while under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.

Department Overview:

The MSMSE is part of a vibrant College of Engineering (COEN) at Boise State. COEN offers a variety of accredited programs and enjoys a high level of support from the local high-tech industry in Idaho and the Intermountain West. The MSMSE program is ABET-accredited and one of the fastest growing MSE programs in the U.S., offering B.S., M.S., M.Engr., and Ph.D. degrees. With over 50 doctoral students, it is the largest engineering Ph.D. program in the state. A Micron Foundation gift of $25M seeded construction of the new
Micron Center for Materials Research, which includes a state-of-the-art, multi-room ultrafast laser laboratory.

Level Scope:

After earning a PhD, the next step in the academic career path is often a postdoc. A postdoc is a continuation of a researcher’s training that allows them to further their professional development and start to transition from student to independent researcher. Postdocs also often take additional leadership or teaching responsibilities in their laboratory or department. These positions are usually two to three years and it is not unusual for a researcher to do more than one postdoc.

Essential Functions:

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PD) will be responsible for leading, developing, and managing specific projects within a broader set of projects awarded to the Quantum DNA (qDNA) Group via a Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science Phase II renewal grant. The qDNA group is a highly-integrated, multi-disciplinary team that includes the Ultrafast Spectroscopy Team, of which the PD will be an integral part. The PD is expected to function with limited oversight and be able to contribute to solving difficult scientific problems that may involve specific research projects for which the position is the lead. In addition, the PD is expected to function within an overall management structure that reflects being a member of a large research group. Additional funding opportunities may be pursued to support this position.

60% of Time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow must:

  • Design, construct, and implement new ultrafast nonlinear optical techniques and apply them to investigate heterogeneity and excited-state dynamics in molecular dye aggregates.
  • Use short pulses of light generated via noncollinear optical parametric amplification to investigate coherence dynamics in DNA-templated molecular dye aggregates.
  • Analyze the results of both steady-state and time-resolved measurements to extract molecular properties and structural information on molecular dye aggregates.
  • Perform as part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, physicists, and chemists with expertise in a variety of steady-state, ultrafast, and single-molecule experimental methods and computational approaches.
  • Participate as an active and supportive member of the qDNA research group, maintaining a high level of communication with its members, as well as publishing results in a timely manner and presenting annually at one or more professional conferences (travel funding is available).

35% of Time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow may:

  • Problem solve research challenges and model development, as applicable.
  • Contribute discrete components of a larger project under the general direction of a senior or principal researcher.
  • Prepare complete documentation of research activities for reference purposes, including following applicable data management protocols.
  • Analyze, interpret, and document research findings for review.
  • Compare actual and expected results and suggest solutions to correct the deviations.
  • Evaluate existing research or modeling techniques and recommend improvements to ensure quality and productivity.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and reports.
  • Assist in teaching classes.

5% of Time the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills.
  • Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer reviewed publications.
  • Ability to acquire accurate, reproducible data.
  • Critical eye towards consistency, reproducibility, and the scientific method in general.
  • Excellent project and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and mentoring skills.
  • Advocate for safety and ethics in the work place.
Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a minimum of a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference is given for a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • Experience designing, constructing, and implementing new ultrafast nonlinear optical techniques and applying them to investigate complex excited-state dynamics in the condensed phase
  • Expertise using short pulses of light generated via noncollinear optical parametric amplification to study the structure and dynamics of materials in the condensed phase, with a preference for candidates highly knowledgeable in pump-probe and/or two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy
  • Working theoretical background knowledge of the physics and chemistry of molecular dyes and nucleic acids
Salary and Benefits:

The Ultrafast Spectroscopy Postdoctoral Research Fellow position will be made available through a two-year, $5M Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science grant that started on August 15, 2021.The duration of the project is through August 14, 2023 with the possibility to be extended based on the availability of future funding and continued performance. Annual salary ranges, depending upon experience and qualifications, are ~$50,000-$57,000; the position is benefit eligible. Learn more about our benefit options at https://www.boisestate.edu/hrs/benefits/.

Required Application Materials:

Please submit a letter of application indicating your interest in and summary of qualifications for this position. In addition, attach a curriculum vitae that includes three professional references with contact information.



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