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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job ID 2637 Date posted 10/12/2021

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Organizational Overview

The Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) Group ( in the Chemistry Division ( of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL,, is a leader in fundamental studies to advance the design and understanding of molecular systems to utilize solar energy for generation of useful chemicals and fuels from water and CO2. The group uses a combination of advanced experimental techniques and high-level theoretical calculations to gain detailed understanding of the various processes involved in AP. The experimental techniques include nanosecond time-resolved infrared (TRIR) detection methods for pulse radiolysis and laser flash photolysis, as well as UV-visible transient absorption spectroscopy on fast and ultrafast timescales.

Position Description
The AP group is currently seeking postdoctoral Research Associates to join the group to conduct basic research in artificial photosynthesis. The successful candidates will conduct basic research as part of the AP team with a specific focus on (i) photophysics and photochemistry of molecular chromophores for driving catalytic reactions and the effect of PCET on these processes; (ii) mechanistic studies of molecular catalysis for CO2 reduction and water oxidation, both in solution and at semiconductor interfaces; and (iii) efficient coupling of light absorption by molecular chromophores to molecular catalysis. The successful candidates will work collaboratively with a team of scientists from the AP group, and will be supervised by principal investigators from the group. Two postdoctoral positions will be filled. The positions will be available immediately and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • A Ph. D. in chemistry or materials science is required.
  • Synthetic skills in organic, inorganic and/or organometallic chemistry.
  • Skills in homogeneous and/or heterogeneous catalytic reactions, understanding of mechanisms, and experience using relevant instrumentation to probe kinetics and mechanism.
  • Good writing and communication skills as evidenced by a publication history.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
Perferred Knowlege, Skills and Abilities:
  • Experience with time-resolved spectroscopies, such as UV/Vis transient absorption (TA) and time-resolved infrared (TRIR).
  • Experience with radiation chemistry techniques, particularly pulse radiolysis.
  • Experience with single-crystal X-ray crystallography
  • Experience with synchrotron-based techniques (XAS, XPS, XRD, RIXS) for molecular and heterogeneous catalysts, including in-situ and in-operando methods.

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