Colby College Chemistry Department
Waterville, Maine
The position is supported by a competitive compensation package, excellent instrumentation and labor
Dec 18, 2020
Feb 16, 2021
Field of specialization
Organic, Physical
Job Type

David Lee Phillips Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Organic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Temporary Appointment

The Department of Chemistry at Colby College invites applications for a David Lee Phillips Postdoctoral Fellow position in Physical Organic Chemistry to begin July 1, 2021. This is a temporary one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.


We welcome applications from candidates with research interests in experimental and theoretical physical organic chemistry.  Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in organic synthesis, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, photochemistry, and mechanistic studies. Experience with time-resolved laser flash photolysis methods is desirable. In addition to carrying out faculty-mentored research, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to teach up to one undergraduate course per semester (with a laboratory component) selected from: Introductory Organic Chemistry, Advanced Organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, or Quantum Mechanics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. by the start date and a strong commitment to undergraduate education.

The position is supported by a competitive compensation package, excellent instrumentation and laboratory facilities, and strong computational resources. 

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter describing their interest in, and qualifications for, this position; (2) an updated curriculum vitae; (3) statements of research interests and teaching philosophy; and (4) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Candidates should clearly address how they expect to thrive in, and contribute to, the educational culture of a small liberal arts college that values diversity and inclusion. They should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent to the search committee. All materials should be uploaded as pdf files at: http://apply.interfolio.com/82163. Application review will begin on February 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be sent to dlppostdoc@colby.edu.  For more information about the Department of Chemistry please visit: www.colby.edu/chemistry.


Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

For more information about the College, please visit our website:  www.colby.edu.