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Computational Chemistry Postdoctoral Researcher

Employer
Chico State Enterprises
Location
Chico, California
Salary
Up to $62K per year + full benefits, conference travel, and professional development
Closing date
Apr 24, 2024

This 18-month U.S. Department of Energy funded position is for a computational materials chemistry postdoctoral researcher who will be using density functional theory and classical molecular dynamic simulations to develop structure-composition-property relationships of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, mentor undergraduate researchers, and guest lecture in the Physical Chemistry sequence at California State University, Chico (CSU, Chico). We are seeking individuals who are interested in having a future position at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and working with undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Candidates do not have to have experience in MOFs or batteries, but those with experience will be given preference. Publications and presentations are expected to result from the work supported by the grant. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry (or related field), or demonstrate they will be able to successfully defend their dissertation by no later than June 2024.
  • 2+ years of teaching experience as an instructor or teaching assistant.
  • Before starting job, candidate must be a California resident. Chico State Enterprises is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).
  • Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.

Research (80%):

  • Perform density functional theory-based electronic structure calculations and/or classical molecular dynamic simulations on high-performance computing environment.  
  • Develop structure-composition-property relationships for optimizing transport and reactivity using statistical, analytical, and machine learning methodologies.  
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze research data; discuss results in group meetings.  
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design and execution of research to address defined problems.  
  • Collaborate with computational and experimental scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and San Jose State University to accomplish research goals.  
  • Work with and mentor undergraduate researchers  
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national/regional conferences 

Instructional (20%):

  • Preparing lecture content and activities, designing syllabi and assessments, and evaluating student work. These will be done in accordance with approved course descriptions and curricular guidelines established by the Faculty and approved by the Dean and the Provost.
  • Supervising and directing undergraduate honors projects and independent research in each of the Fall and Spring semesters. 

How to Apply: 

To be considered, submit the following documents by Wednesday, April 24th, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Documents submitted after this date may not be considered. 

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