Postdoctoral Research Associate for Catalysis Surface ScienceJob ID 2796 Date posted 09/10/2021
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The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is seeking an exceptional postdoctoral research associate to join a research project on studying the surface chemical state and reactivity of model catalysts, including single-atom alloys, intermetallic alloys, and metal oxide systems. The research will primarily use ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at the IOS/23-ID-2 beamline at NSLS-II in addition to other related surface science and synchrotron techniques. The successful candidate will also be involved in a collaboration between NSLS-II and the “Catalytic: Reactivity and Structure” group in the BNL Chemistry Division to develop instrumentation for in situ experiments that will be deployed to various NSLS-II beamlines. In addition, the successful candidate will also participate in beamline operations and user support activities alongside NSLS-II beamline scientists.
- Perform research on model catalysts using state-of-the-art experimental techniques at NSLS-II and the BNL Chemistry Division
- Participate in beamline operations including development and maintenance of instrumentation and participation in user support and commissioning activities
- Perform data analysis and report research results in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Recent Ph. D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, or related discipline within the past five years
- Experience with synchrotron- or lab-based X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques
- Skilled in the operation, design, and maintenance of ultra-high vacuum systems
- Track record of publishing research in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences
- Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Experience with performing experiments at synchrotron beamlines
- In depth knowledge of surface science and/or heterogeneous catalysis
- Experience with surface science techniques such as TPD, STM, and IRRAS
- Experience with other synchrotron techniques such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction
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