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Postdoctoral Scholar, Corrosion and Fluorescence Microscopy - Department of Physics

Job Description


Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Open Date

Oct 24, 2022


The Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University, College of Arts and Sciences, seeks one postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the laboratory of Professor Lydia Kisley starting as soon as the candidate is available. The ideal candidate will work at the interface of physical, materials, and analytical chemistry and condensed matter physics to study corrosion at the nanoscale. Overall, the Kisley Lab studies materials using single molecule microscopy with the goal to advance the single molecule materials field toward more complex, realistic conditions. More information on the broad focus of the lab can be found at http://physics.case.edu/faculty/lydia-kisley/

The candidate will primarily be responsible for working on a project funded by a private foundation and industry to develop fluorescence and super-resolution microscopy methods to understand redox reactions at metal interfaces using turn-on fluorescent dyes. It is required that the candidate will have extensive experience in electrochemistry and studying metal materials at the nanoscale. Further skills in fluorescence microscopy and image processing in MATLAB or other C-based programming languages is strongly preferred. It is not required, but also ideal, if the candidate has experience in nanofabrication and characterization methods (SEM, EDS, e-beam lithography, FIB, etc.).

The candidate will be responsible for working with other postdoctoral researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students in the lab and participate in maintaining a strong lab culture within the research group.  Regular responsibilities will be generating data and text for progress reports, manuscripts and grants, participating in weekly meetings, and assisting with training and mentoring of lab members. In addition, the lab will provide career development opportunities for the candidate such as funds for annual national conference travel and support in developing pedagogical skills and grantsmanship, dependent on the candidate’s future career interests. More details about the lab culture and mentoring approach can be found at: https://www.kisleylab.science/lab-manual-mentoring-approach

Support for this position is available for 2 years above NIH NRSA Stipend Levels, conditional on annual reviews. There is the potential for the position to be extended longer dependent on funding levels in the lab. The candidate will also be expected to pursue postdoctoral fellowships after the first year, but continuation of support will not be contingent on receiving independent funding. Sponsorship for a visa is available, if required.

The Department of Physics at CWRU is part of a strong community of electrochemistry and nanoscale research in the Cleveland area. Possibilities to collaborate and network with CWRU’s Department of Chemistry and Engineering departments, along with the increased interest in nanoscale research within the region due to the announcement of chip fabrication facilities, exist in this position.

The Kisley Research Group believes that the best research results from working with a diverse team. We foster a sense of community in our group where everyone should feel welcome, respected, and safe. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates, along with those who have taken efforts to improve diversity in STEM. More information on our philosophy can be found at: https://www.kisleylab.science/diversity-outreach

Application Instructions

The applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in Physical or Analytical Chemistry, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, or a similar field. Interested individuals should apply to this position at http://apply.interfolio.com/116335. Applicants will be prompted to provide a cover letter, CV, a PDF of one representative publication, and contact information for three professional references (letter-writers will submit their confidential letters directly through the online application).

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