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Postdoctoral Research Positions

Prof. Aikens' Group - Theoretical Nanomaterials Chemistry

A highly motivated scientist is sought for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Aikens group at Kansas State University (http://www.k-state.edu/chem/people/grad-faculty/aikens/index.html).  This position will focus on the application and development of electronic structure theory and related methods for studying electron dynamics in nanomaterial systems. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or a related field is required.  A strong background in electronic structure and/or electron dynamics methods is preferred.  Effective oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Position responsibilities include: 

  • Perform theoretical chemistry calculations and develop theoretical chemistry methods related to electron dynamics in nanomaterials. 
  • Perform research independently and with advice of supervisor.
  • Read journal articles and books related to the projects undertaken.
  • Write professional journal articles over completed projects.
  • Present results in appropriate venues such as conferences and group meetings.

Applicants should arrange for a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and publication list, and three letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Christine Aikens (cmaikens@ksu.edu or 213 CBC Building, 1212 Mid-Campus Drive North, Manhattan, KS 66506)  Screening of applications will begin on September 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.  Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees.  In accordance with Board of Regents policy, a background check will be required for the successful candidate. 

Prof. Jankowiak's Group - Physical Chemistry

A postdoctoral position is available for work in the area of photosynthesis research. We use spectral hole-burning (SHB) and single photosynthetic complex spectroscopy (SPCS) to study the excitonic structure and excitation energy transfer (EET) processes of several natural and artificial photosynthetic complexes at low temperatures. The combination of SHB on bulk samples and SPCS is a powerful frequency domain approach for obtaining data that will address a number of issues that are key to understanding excitonic structure and energy/electron transfer dynamics. The long-term goal is to reach a better understanding of the ultrafast solar energy driven primary events of photosynthesis as they occur in higher plants, cyanobacteria, purple bacteria, and green algae and initiate studies to integrate various photosynthetic complexes with molecular electronics. A better understanding of the EET and charge separation (CS) processes taking place in photosynthetic complexes is of great interest, since photosynthetic complexes might offer attractive architectures for a future generation of circuitry in which proteins are organized by a macromolecular scaffold. Candidates must have experience in low temperature laser-based spectroscopies and a strong background in the area of physical/biophysical chemistry. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated and career-oriented. Applicants should arrange for a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to be sent to Professor Ryszard Jankowiak, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66502; Voice: (785) 532-6785; E-mail: ryszard@ksu.edu

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.