BioLEC Distinguished Postdoctoral Program

Princeton, New Jersey
Compensation commensurate with experience
Apr 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Field of specialization
Energy / Fuels
Job Type

The Bioinspired Light-Escalated Chemistry (BioLEC) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) at Princeton University was established to unite basic energy science research in order to enable unprecedented opportunities for saving energy in production processes for new fuels and chemicals. BioLEC aims to address the basic scientific challenge of precisely breaking and selectively editing molecules using the power of light. BioLEC is empowered by a scientific approach that unites basic energy science research—solar photochemistry, photosynthetic systems, and catalysis. Twelve investigators with a wide range of expertise will shift the field from passive solution-phase catalysis to photon-aided catalysis where two-electron chemistry is controlled.

We seek applicants for postdoctoral or more senior research positions to join any of the several collaborative projects involving six institutions (Brookhaven National Laboratory, North Carolina State University, Princeton University, Michigan State University, Arizona State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in our Center. This position provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research training. Postdocs are expected to serve a leadership role within the Center, including working with the Project Coordinator to provide frequent research progress updates and attend all collaborative research meetings, with intervals determined by the steering committee.

***Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.***

The initial appointment is for one year, with an expected renewal of a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance . These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

Ph.D is required. Applicants should have training and a significant track record in one of the following areas, or a closely related area relevant to the BioLEC mission:

• Ultrafast science
• Femtosecond & Single Molecule Biophysics
• Catalysis for Synthetic Chemistry
• Solar Photochemistry
• Inorganic Photochemistry
• Artificial Photosynthesis

Applicants must apply online at and submit a 1 page cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The candidate should include the names of at least two BioLEC investigators with whom he/she wishes to work, and address how their research and leadership experience benefits the center. Please refer to the BioLEC website for a list of investigators. BioLEC website:

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.