Post-Doctoral Fellow

Christchurch, New Zealand
Nov 02, 2017
Dec 02, 2017
Field of specialization
Inorganic, Materials, Organic
Job Type
Full time
Post Doctoral Fellow in ‘Photoactive Metal-Organic Frameworks’ School of Physical and Chemical Sciences | Te Kura Matū, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand • Full-time, two-year fixed term position, 37.5 hrs p/w (1.0 EFT) Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 2-year fixed term Post Doctoral Fellowship in ‘Photoactive Metal-Organic Frameworks’ to work under the leadership of Professor Paul E. Kruger and in close collaboration with Prof. Shane Telfer (Massey University). The project, funded by the MacDiarmid Institute (MI), concerns the conversion of light to other useful forms of energy. In this context, we have designed a new class of photoactive materials that will make fundamental advances in energy harvesting. Specifically, these are multicomponent metal-organic frameworks (MMOFs), which we will synthesize to: i) achieve photon upconversion, and; ii) act as novel photocatalysts.. Energy and electron transfer phenomena within arrays of chromophores and redox modules can thus be understood and optimised. This ambitious project will draw on MI expertise in synthetic chemistry, materials analysis, spectroscopy and photophysics. Additionally the successful applicant will work closely with a PhD student on the same project and other students on related projects. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in either Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, or Metal-organic Framework Chemistry, (or in a relevant related subject in the field of Inorganic or Materials Chemistry) or will have submitted a PhD thesis in one of these fields prior to taking up the appointment. Relevant experience of metal-organic frameworks and / or photo- physics or chemistry and / or allied spectroscopic techniques will be a distinct advantage. The successful candidate must be able to take up the position in early 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications will be considered continuously from the first review date and the University reserves the right to make an appointment prior to the closing date. Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha the University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “Tangata tū, Tangata ora People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development. Equal opportunity in employment is University policy and the Department is committed to equality in the workplace. Applications from all suitably qualified persons are encouraged. The University of Canterbury offers generous leave provisions, including sabbatical and Erskine Fellowship leave. It also has excellent childcare, recreation and staff club facilities on campus. For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at: The closing date for this position is: Friday, 8 December 2017 (NZ time) Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae, a summary of recent research achievements and a 1-2 page research proposal outlining intended research and research goals. Applicants are also expected to indicate their teaching experience and philosophy and to indicate the ways they could contribute to courses within the Department and to curriculum development in the future. They should also indicate the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be combined into one document and submitted online. Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Nikki Gibbs, Recruitment Coordinator, Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Prof. Paul E. Kruger at The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.