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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate

  • Job Number: 21098

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Chemistry

  • School Area: Science

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Chemistry, to perform research in microwave spectroscopy with the group of Brett McGuire ( . The primary responsibility will be the construction of a combined cavity-enhanced and chirped-pulse microwave spectrometer. Will leverage this new instrument and existing microwave spectrometers to study molecular systems of astrochemical interest and design your own portfolios of research tailored to your interests using the instruments. The position will also provide career development and entail the training and mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory, the writing of scientific publications, and making effective written and oral presentations.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: a Ph.D. in chemistry or related field, excellent written and oral communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team. PREFERRED: expertise in high-resolution microwave spectroscopy, particularly cavity-enhanced and/or chirped-pulse variants, and vacuum instrumentation; and proficiency with basic quantum-chemical calculations, Python, and/or LaTeX. Job #21098As part of your cover letter, briefly highlight your experience and/or proficiency, if any, with the following: microwave spectroscopy, indicating what techniques (e.g., direct absorption, cavity-enhanced, CP-FTMW) and level of familiarity with the underlying hardware/electronics design and construction; vacuum instrumentation; quantum-chemical calculations; Python; LaTeX; and the mentorship of students.In addition to your CV and cover letter, please provide the names and e-mail addresses of three individuals willing to provide a letter of recommendation upon request. Applications will be reviewed starting April 29 and review will continue until the position is filled. The ideal start date would be before August 2022, but there is some flexibility. Salary details for this position will be made clear to shortlisted candidates.The initial position is for one year, with annual renewals contingent upon performance for up to three years total. Longer terms beyond the third year may be possible contingent upon funding. 4/11/22