Postdoctoral Researcher

Position Overview

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a postdoctoral research position in theoretical chemistry, working in the group of Professor Ward Thompson.

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2024 (negotiable)

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal annually subject to mutual agreement and continued grant funding.

GENERAL DUTIES: The successful candidate will develop and use molecular simulation techniques to study the reaction dynamics and mechanisms of the hydrated electron.

Job Description

80% - Design/execute research (data acquisition, analysis, manuscript preparation, presentations, etc.)
  • Conduct theoretical and computational chemistry research on the reactivity of the hydrated electron
  • Computational Methods: ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, development of machine learning, and reaction rate theory and modeling
  • Research: Project design, execution of calculations, data analysis, publishing research results in scientific journals, and presenting research results at scientific meetings

10% - Student mentoring
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate research student and active participation in regular meetings.

10% - Professional development
  • Pursue professional development opportunities that benefits career goals.

Position Requirements

The work location is on-site at: 3190 Gray-Little Hall, Lawrence, KS

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Completion of Ph.D. within the last three years
  2. Experience in molecular dynamics
  3. Experience in computer programming
  4. Interest in mentoring students

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include a cover letter and a resume. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.
  • Review of applications begins on May 27, 2024 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ward Thompson,, 785-864-3980

Advertised Salary Range


Work Schedule

9 am – 5 pm, M-F

Application Review Begins

Monday May 27, 2024

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday September 1, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27878BR
  • Department:  Chemistry
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  27-May-2024

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