Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
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Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Materials Science
School Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Department/Area Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
Position Description
The Aizenberg Lab is seeking a motivated postdoctoral fellow with expertise in one or more of the following areas: synthesis and characterization of photoactive molecules and polymers incorporating them; photochemistry; photocatalysis; design, synthesis, and fabrication of light-responsive materials for photomechanical work. The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers working in the areas of photoactive and self-regulated soft elastomeric materials, as well as gas- and liquid-phase photocatalysis using specifically designed hybrid photocatalysts.The goals of these projects are to develop a fundamental understanding of and control over the dynamic materials’ light responsiveness, mechanical reconfiguration, and self-regulation; design, preparation and evaluating photocatalytic performance of novel catalysts, including charge storage leading to maintaining catalytic activity in the absence of a light source.
Basic Qualifications
Candidates must have a Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, or Chemical Engineering by the time the appointment begins.
Additional Qualifications
Priority will be given to candidates with experience in synthesis and characterization of chemical photoswitches, extensive knowledge of their spectroscopic characterization by UV-Vis-, NMR-, and mass-spectroscopy, demonstrated hands-on experience in and understanding of chemistry of light-responsive materials, as reflected in high impact papers and/or patents.
Special Instructions
Interested applicants should send their application materials, including a CV, cover letter, research statement relevant to this position, 3 publications total (2-3 should be relevant to this position), and names and email addresses of at least 3 references no later than June 30, 2022. 
SEAS is dedicated to building a diverse and welcoming community, and we strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.
Contact Information
Marina DiDonato McLaughlin
Contact Email
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 4

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