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Research Associate in Chemistry


Research Associate in Chemistry

  • R0043143
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The NANO ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CATALYSIS LAB (Zhu lab) at the University of Virginia has an opening for a creative and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in developing advanced catalytic materials for electrochemical water oxidation or small molecule conversion to chemicals and fuels.

This position requires expertise in electrochemistry as well as synthesis and characterization of well-defined nanoscale and sub-nanoscale materials to understand the structure-property relationships and involves the development of techniques for the characterization of catalysts under electrochemical operando conditions. The research involves a partnership with collaborators at UVA, Virginia Tech, Argonne National Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Learn more about the Zhu lab at: https://uva.theopenscholar.com/nano-energy-and-environmental-catalysis-lab/

QUALIFICATIONS: A PhD in either Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or related fields is required by the start date. The candidate needs to demonstrate a solid track record in nanostructured materials, synthesis, catalysis, and characterization techniques, with demonstrated integration of experimental skills and theoretical insights. Knowledge of synchrotron-based techniques, especially X-ray absorption spectroscopy, is preferred, but not required. The project requires organizational, communication, and leadership skills as the candidate is expected to play a prominent role in the laboratory as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the set-up, organization, and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs andattach
  • A cover letter that explains why you are interested in joining the Zhu lab, your career goals, and a brief summary of your relevant research experience (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) references. Listing them here represents permission to contact them unless you specify otherwise.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Feb. 1st, 2023, but the position will remain open until filled.The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions about the position, please contact Huiyuan Zhu, Assistant Professor, at kkx8js@virginia.edu .

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@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 and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines 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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