Postdoctoral Associate in Synthesis and Electrochemistry of Gold Nanotube Membranes

 
  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Jul 4, 2024

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

The Martin Research Group in the Department of Chemistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL invites application for a Postdoctoral Associate position in the electrochemistry of template-synthesized gold nanotube membranes. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Charles R. Martin (https://martin.chem.ufl.edu), focusing on coupling ion and electron transport through these membranes. This one-year appointment is renewable based on performance and funding availability.

Successful candidates shall have a strong background in basic and applied electrochemistry and experience in the template-synthesis of gold nanotube membranes. A key issue the postdoctoral researcher will address is whether ion and electron transport can be coupled in such metallic nanotubes. The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for the synthesis and characterization of the nanotube membranes and will investigate how ion and electron coupling is affected by nanotube diameter. Tubes with diameters in the range of 1 to 10 nm will be synthesized and characterized. The postdoctoral researcher will also be expected to mentor undergraduate researchers and assist in the writing and publication of scientific papers.

Our group specializes in the electrochemistry and transport properties of nanotube and nanopore membranes. The nanotubes are prepared by the template-synthesis method pioneered by our group. Research of particular recent interest concerns electronically conductive, primarily gold, nanotubes. The objective is to explore the coupling of ion transport through the solution confined within the nanotubes with electron transport in the conductive gold tube walls. This investigation of ionic Coulomb drag is at the cutting edge of modern nanofluidics research.

The University of Florida, ranked as the #6 public university in United States, is the state’s oldest, one of the largest, most comprehensive, highest-quality public research universities in the country. UF is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant university and home to the most comprehensive university health sciences facilities in the southeast.

UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, about an hour to either the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico and just 2 hours to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package. To see more, visit, benefits.hr.ufl.edu.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
Preferred Qualifications:

Previous experience with template-synthesis of gold nanotube membranes and the investigations of the electrochemical and transport properties of these membranes.

A strong background in electrochemistry, membrane transport, and the template method for preparing nanotubes.
Experience in molecular and materials characterization methods, including, XPS, IR and UV/Visible spectroscopies, fluorescence and electron microscopies, including, TEM, and SEM.
A strong track record of publications would be an asset
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and in a team
Ability to take initiatives, set priorities, time-manage, and resolve problem

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes:
  1. Your CV
  2. A cover letter detailing your relevant experience and career objectives
  3. The names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, requesting them to upload their confidential letter to the submission packet.

Applications will be continuously reviewed until filled. For questions, please contact Professor Charles R. Martin (crmartin@ufl.edu).

Applications will be reviewed beginning DATE, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The Department of Chemistry is committed to promoting an environment that welcomes all abilities, classes, ethnicities/races, gender identities and expressions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

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