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Postdoctoral Researcher - Time-Resolved Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. A postdoctoral position is available in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to develop and perform time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and other forms of optically or electrically-detected magnetic resonance measurements on organic molecules in solution or films.

Primary duties involve the development of instrumentation for time-resolved EPR spectroscopy, including laser or LED alignment to the EPR cavity, developing safety protocols, and initial testing. Activities will also include developing and performing various time-resolved EPR experiments, spin echo experiments, ENDOR, and other advanced pulsed EPR techniques.Other activities will include developing and using instrumentation for optically or electrically detected magnetic resonance, including the use of pulsed femtosecond lasers and microwave sources. The work will also involve preparation of some samples for spectroscopic experiments and analysis of spectroscopic data.Development of models for understanding EPR and other time-resolved data will also be necessary.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrated skills and experience in EPR spectroscopy of organic molecules, specifically pulsed EPR techniques and light-stimulated EPR. Some knowledge of laser spectroscopy, including pulsed laser techniques, pump-probe and fluorescence spectroscopy.A PhD in chemistry, physics, or related fields, with specific experience in and familiarity with photophysics of organic systems. Some experience with sample preparation and characterization with techniques such as AFM, XRD, FTIR, Raman, quantitative absorption, photoluminescence quantum yield. Experience in spectroscopic and EPR data analysis, fitting, kinetic modelling, and familiarity with quantum chemical calculations. A strong publication record.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

A PhD in chemistry, physics, or related fields, with specific experience in small organic molecule photophysics and time-resolved EPR spectroscopy.


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