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Prof. Emily McLaurin’s Lab – Synthetic Inorganic and Nanochemistry

A postdoctoral position is available in the McLaurin Lab in the area of synthesis and characterization of semiconductor nanocrystals. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in chemistry or a closely related area, with research experience in colloidal nanoparticle synthesis using standard air-free Schlenk technique and characterization (UV-Vis abs, luminescence, TEM, XRD). Experience with synthesis of semiconductor nanocrystals, microwave-assisted synthesis, nanocrystal surface chemistry, and electrochemistry are a plus. The successful candidate will be key personnel in the group, developing nanocrystal synthetic procedures for application in solar energy harvesting and biology. The candidate will also be involved in highly collaborative activities in the Department and University and gain experience mentoring and training students, presenting at meetings, and writing papers and proposals. Screening of applications will begin November 15th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications: A doctoral degree in physical sciences or engineering by start date is required. The applicant should have good leadership skills, including the ability to train other lab members, documented experience with inorganic or materials synthesis, and excellent communication skills including manuscript preparation and presentation of research at seminars. The applicant must also be able to conduct research independently, communicate ideas with lab members, and design and evaluate new experiments and ideas that expand on current research scope available.

Please send a cover letter, CV, 3 publications authored, and contact information for 3 references to mclaurin@ksu.edu.

Prof. Rafferty’s Lab – Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

The Rafferty Lab at Kansas State University invites qualified organic chemists to apply for a postdoctoral position that is currently open. The selected candidate will be responsible for independently designing, synthesizing, characterizing, and purifying molecules of interest in cancer and other disease targets, and through total synthesis campaigns. The position requires the ability to collaborate effectively with both internal and external scientists.  The candidate will be expected to co-author publications, contribute to funding applications, help mentor and train both undergraduate and graduate researchers, and present at scientific meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: A doctoral degree in organic chemistry is required. Track record of designing feasible synthetic routes, solving challenging synthetic problems, and completing targeted molecules in a timely fashion. Possessing a thorough knowledge of organic synthesis and parallel approaches for the preparation, characterization and purification of organic compounds. A track record of effective oral and written communication is also required. Contact: Please send a cover letter, CV, summary of research accomplishments, and up to two publications that you have authored to rjraff@ksu.edu

Joint Postdoctoral Position - Profs. Higgins & Ito

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University.  The successful candidate must have a Ph. D. in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related fields at the time of appointment.  She/he will be involved in the preparation and characterization of nanoporous materials, and study the mass transport behavior of molecules within the materials using single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy (See our recent perspective article: D. A. Higgins, K.-H. Tran-Ba, T. Ito J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4 (18), 3095-3103.).  Candidates must have considerable experience, skills and knowledge in laser-based optical microscopy and/or spectroscopy.  Previous experience in nanomaterials synthesis and characterization is preferred.  We are seeking candidates who are accountable, self-motivated and career-oriented.  Interested candidates must send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Takashi Ito, Department of Chemistry, 213 CBC building, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS 66506-0401; E-mail: ito@ksu.edu.  Screening of applications will begin on April 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  In accordance with Kansas Board of Regents policy, a background check will be run on the final candidate.  Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees


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 on November 20, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

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