Two Postdoctoral Fellows: Catalysis and Bio-Nanomaterials

Location
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Salary
Commensurate with Experience
Posted
Sep 29, 2017
Closes
Oct 29, 2017
Ref
Chemistry Postdocs
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas is accepting applications for two Postdoctoral Fellows. This initial appointment will be for one year, with expectation for renewal.                                                   

Position 1: Catalysis Post-Doctoral Fellow

The highly motivated and hard-working postdoctoral fellow will join Beyzavi Group to study transition-metal based catalytic systems. The project will involve collaborative work and the candidate is expected to learn new multidisciplinary techniques.

One of the main focuses of Beyzavi Group is the development of unique catalytic systems to be incorporated into nano materials, e.g. MOFs, COFs and NPs.

This position involves organic synthesis of ligands, preparation and characterizing of transition-metal based complexes, testing their properties, catalytic activities and reporting results to the PI. The position requires mentoring of junior researchers, manuscript and patent preparation and submission of proposals for further work.

Prerequisite Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in chemistry, preferentially in Organometallic/Organic Chemistry or Functional Materials and training and hands-on experience in MOFs, organic synthesis, glovebox techniques, HPLC, GC, NMR, and mass spectroscopy as well as experience in nanomaterials, heterogeneous catalysis, and gas phase catalysis.

Position 2: Bio-Nanomaterials Postdoctoral Fellow

The highly motivated and hard-working post-doctoral fellow will join Beyzavi Group to prepare nanomaterials and study their biological activities in particular in cancer. The project will involve collaborative work and the candidate is expected to learn new multidisciplinary techniques.

Another main focus of Beyzavi Group involves the synthesis and development of near-IR photosensitizer-based materials, for applications as photosensitizers for the detection and treatment of cancers by photodynamic therapy (PDT) and as biological labels. The candidate will investigate the structural, photophysical and chemical properties of the nanomaterial-based photosensitizers and develop methodologies for their conjugation to various biomolecules, including peptides, proteins to target specific receptors associated with tumor cells.

This position involves preparation of NPs, QDs, CDs, MOFs and COFs and their conjugation with biomolecules e.g. peptides, proteins, DNA/RNA, etc.

The position requires mentoring of junior researchers, manuscript and patent preparation and submission of proposals for further work.

Prerequisite Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD in chemistry, preferentially in nano-materials and their conjugation with biomolecules/drug candidates and training and hands-on experience in organic synthesis, photophysical measurements, inorganic nanoparticle synthesis, and characterization of nanomaterials via PXRD, BET isotherms, XPS, FIB-TEM, EDX/SEM, etc.

For both of the positions:

Candidates should be personally motivated, creative, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Moreover, candidates should have strong scientific problem solving skills, ability to analyze and interpret experimental data, and have a solid track record of scientific achievement as documented by peer-reviewed scientific journal publications. Special consideration will be given to individuals with innovative research ideas and aspirations.

For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit:

Catalysis Postdoctoral Fellow: http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/22758

Bio-Nanomaterials Postdoctoral Fellow: http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/22766

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.