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The Chemistry and Nanoscience Center is looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to aid in the basic understanding and controlling of charge generation, separation, and recombination within photoactive nanomaterials.
- The successful applicant will have expertise in synthesis and manipulation of 2D materials and/or plasmonic nanostructures, such as transition metal dichalcogenides or metal nanoparticles, with a focus on probing charge transfer at interfaces by tuning the optoelectronic properties, coupling to plasmonic systems, and/or create unique 2D interfaces.
- Synthesis of 2D layers via top down (mechanical, surfactant, and chemical exfoliation) and bottom up (chemical vapor deposition) methods will be leveraged within the postdoctoral research along with wet-chemical synthesis of plasmonic heterointerfaces.
- Doping, functionalization, defect engineering, plasmonic interactions, and engineered/dynamically generated strain will be needed to tune optoelectronic properties along with characterization tools.
- The successful candidate will utilize these experimental design tools to create and probe 2D materials, metal nanoparticles, and heterojunctions to control the generation, separation and recombination of photogenerated charges.
- The successful candidate should have experience with or show evidence of the ability to quickly learn new techniques such as Confocal Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy and microscopy, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, transient absorption, etc. Additionally, the successful applicant should have expertise in data analysis, experimental design, and writing of manuscripts.
- The successful applicant will have experience working in a diverse team of material scientists, chemists, and spectroscopists to probe and understand surfaces and interfaces of newly developed chemistries and architectures.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.