Post-doctoral Associate at CHESS 

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Post-doctoral Associate at CHESS 

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate interested in using advanced x-ray spectroscopy to study chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and catalysis. This position is based at the Photon-in photon-out X-ray spectroscopy (PIPOXS) beamline and focuses on using x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to answer questions in chemical catalysis. Successful candidates will be expected to work both collaboratively and independently on research projects and toward developing and expanding beamline capabilities—including methods for sample delivery and data processing / analysis. Candidates will also help in supporting the user program at PIPOXS. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal on a yearly basis with satisfactory performance and funding availability for an additional two years.
– A PhD in physics, chemistry, biophysics, or comparable fields
– Record of impactful scientific publications
 – Desire to work in a multidisciplinary research environment, interacting with researchers at all levels, including students and facility users
– Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal
– Experience using x-ray absorption and/or emission spectroscopy
– Experience with advanced instrumentation at synchrotron lightsource facilities
– Experience performing quantum chemical calculations, e.g. DFT
– Programming experience, particularly in Python and SPEC
 Located on an Ivy League university campus in picturesque upstate New York, CHESS serves a world-wide community of materials researchers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. It is a National Science Foundation-supported research center dedicated to novel studies in the materials, biological, and engineering sciences and to developing novel x-ray technology and has a strong service and team-oriented environment.
 Applications should be submitted at and should include a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Applicants must arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded, as per instructions on the academicjobsonline website. For information about the position, contact Dr. Chris Pollock at .

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Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement
  • Publication list
  • Three reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at this site help popup)
And anything else requested in the position description.

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