The Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Associate in heterogeneous catalysis, under the direction of Professors John Morris and Ayman Karim. The selected candidate will conduct research on catalysis for oxidation of small molecules on supported small metal clusters and single atoms. The work is focused on investigating the reaction mechanism through controlled catalyst synthesis, kinetic measurements and characterization using multiple in-situ techniques including calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, ultrahigh vacuum-based surface science methods, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. In addition to independent experimental studies, there will be opportunities to train and to mentor graduate students within the Karim and Morris research laboratories.
The appointee is to perform assignments according to the following criteria:
- Apply the principles of the field
- Conduct standard and nonstandard research tasks/projects
- Record data and recognize inconsistencies or problems
- Supervise lower-rank personnel
- Prepare professional presentations, professional reports, and publications
1) Investigate the reaction mechanism for oxidation of small molecules in defined states, through controlled catalyst synthesis, kinetic measurements.
2) Characterization using multiple in-situ techniques including calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, ultrahigh vacuum-based surface science methods, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy.
3) Routine maintenance of various laboratory equipment, including but not limited to the following, vacuum chambers, mass spectrometers, optical spectrometers, and calorimeters.
- PhD in chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, or appropriate related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Experience in heterogeneous catalysis, including catalyst synthesis
- Experience with kinetic measurements and catalyst characterization using infrared spectroscopy and other techniques (e.g. chemisorption, temperature programmed reduction and oxidation)
- Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as with a research group.
- Strong communication skills
- Knowledge of calorimetry and XAFS
- Evidence of developing publications based on research.
- Creativity, independence, and high motivation.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of personnel in the organization.
October 25, 2021
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation ofCOVID-19 vaccinationor receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.
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