Postdoctoral Researcher


Position Overview

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a postdoctoral research position in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, working in the group of Professor Chris Elles.

Job Description

The successful candidate will conduct research in the area of broadband two-photon absorption spectroscopy of molecules in solution. The project involves the development and implementation of novel approaches for measuring two-photon absorption spectra using ultrafast pump-probe laser techniques, including the detection of two-photon-excited fluorescence spectra and possible applications in two-photon microscopy. Research activities may include project design, execution of experiments, development and application of data analysis methods, publishing research results in scientific journals, and presenting research results at scientific meetings. Additional duties include mentoring of graduate and undergraduate research students, active participation in regular group meetings, and support of general lab maintenance and operations. The successful candidate is expected to pursue meaningful professional development opportunities that will prepare them for a productive career beyond this position.

Specific Job Duties (percentage of time)
70% - Design/execute research (data acquisition, analysis, manuscript preparation, presentations, etc.)
10% - Contribute to lab responsibilities and maintenance
10% - Student mentoring
10% - Professional development



Position Requirements

This position is fully on-site at Gray-Little Hall, Lawrence, Ks

Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in physical 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 four years
  2. Experience working with ultrafast lasers and/or optical spectroscopy
  3. Experience in two-photon fluorescence microscopy
  4. Interest in mentoring graduate and undergraduate 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 July 1, 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

Chris Elles, elles@ku.edu

Work Schedule

M-F; 8-5

Application Review Begins

Monday July 1, 2024

Anticipated Start Date

Sunday September 1, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  28164BR
  • Department:  Chemistry
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  01-Jul-2024

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