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Research Associate in Chemistry
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
 
 
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Date Posted 01/07/2022
Category
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the laboratory of Professor Robert J. Gilliard. 

The field of study will be main-group synthetic chemistry. Research projects include:

Project 1) Stoichiometric or catalytic small molecule or C−H activation by alkaline earth or pnictogen elements. Energy-relevant small molecules of interest include CO, CO2, H2, NH3, as well as organic hydrocarbons such as ethylene and acetylene. The goal is to establish reactivity trends among redox-active main-group molecules.

Project 2) Synthesis of boron-containing heterocycles as stimuli-responsive or optoelectronic materials, including nanographenes. There is a particular interest in the synthesis of photochromic, mechanochromic, and thermochromic materials, and understanding the mechanisms which govern these processes.

Project 3) Synthesis of boron-based compounds with potential biomedical applications. The chemistry would focus on chemical synthesis, and any testing of bioactivity would be conducted through collaborations.

Upon submission of an application, the cover letter should clearly outline the candidate’s research interests (project 1, 2, or 3, or a combination). The candidate’s experience in these areas of chemistry, the analytical techniques outlined below, as well as any additional relevant experience should also be highlighted.

All projects rely on advanced synthetic techniques and various characterization methods, including but not limited to electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (standard and multinuclear), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, quantum yield measurements, ball milling (mechanochemistry), and X-ray crystallography. Experience in air-sensitive chemistry is preferred (e.g., Schlenk line, inert atmosphere glovebox).

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (e.g., inorganic, organic, main-group chemistry) is required by the start date.  Candidates are required to have a strong publication record in synthetic chemistry. Corresponding with chemical suppliers and collaborating with research groups outside of the Department of Chemistry and the University of Virginia is an integral part of the position. Thus, candidates must have excellent leadership and communication skills, both oral and written. Candidates will also be expected to serve as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the set-up and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs   and attach a cover letter (see above), curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

Please upload all application documents, including a cover letter and detailed CV, as one single PDF file. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.  The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Robert J. Gilliard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at rjg8s@virginia.edu.
For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@Virginia.edu.

Further information about Professor Gilliard and his research may be found at his website:   http://gilliardgroup.chem.virginia.edu

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits .


COVID Vaccination Requirement
 

Please visit this page prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.



The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the laboratory of Professor Robert J. Gilliard. 

The field of study will be main-group synthetic chemistry. Research projects include:

Project 1) Stoichiometric or catalytic small molecule or C−H activation by alkaline earth or pnictogen elements. Energy-relevant small molecules of interest include CO, CO2, H2, NH3, as well as organic hydrocarbons such as ethylene and acetylene. The goal is to establish reactivity trends among redox-active main-group molecules.

Project 2) Synthesis of boron-containing heterocycles as stimuli-responsive or optoelectronic materials, including nanographenes. There is a particular interest in the synthesis of photochromic, mechanochromic, and thermochromic materials, and understanding the mechanisms which govern these processes.

Project 3) Synthesis of boron-based compounds with potential biomedical applications. The chemistry would focus on chemical synthesis, and any testing of bioactivity would be conducted through collaborations.

Upon submission of an application, the cover letter should clearly outline the candidate’s research interests (project 1, 2, or 3, or a combination). The candidate’s experience in these areas of chemistry, the analytical techniques outlined below, as well as any additional relevant experience should also be highlighted.

All projects rely on advanced synthetic techniques and various characterization methods, including but not limited to electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (standard and multinuclear), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, quantum yield measurements, ball milling (mechanochemistry), and X-ray crystallography. Experience in air-sensitive chemistry is preferred (e.g., Schlenk line, inert atmosphere glovebox).

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (e.g., inorganic, organic, main-group chemistry) is required by the start date.  Candidates are required to have a strong publication record in synthetic chemistry. Corresponding with chemical suppliers and collaborating with research groups outside of the Department of Chemistry and the University of Virginia is an integral part of the position. Thus, candidates must have excellent leadership and communication skills, both oral and written. Candidates will also be expected to serve as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the set-up and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs   and attach a cover letter (see above), curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

Please upload all application documents, including a cover letter and detailed CV, as one single PDF file. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on January 17, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.  The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Robert J. Gilliard, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at rjg8s@virginia.edu.
For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@Virginia.edu.

Further information about Professor Gilliard and his research may be found at his website:   http://gilliardgroup.chem.virginia.edu

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits .


COVID Vaccination Requirement
 

Please visit this page prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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