The Division of Chemical & Biological Sciences at Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, has two open positions for a postdoctoral associate with a background in solid-state NMRspectroscopy.
The chosen candidate will join a large multidisciplinary team consisting of researchers from both the Ames Laboratory, as well as other national laboratories and universities. The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting investigations of heterogeneous catalysts, polymers, and other materials by conventional as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Aside from the aforementioned applications, the new candidate would be expected to also work in fundamental methods development of solid-state NMR and DNP, with main emphasis placed towards the characterization of surfaces and interfaces.
The chosen candidate will become a part of a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Ames Laboratory as well as other U.S. DOE labs and universities, working towards the development, and understanding, of next generation supercapacitors. The work will mainly focus on the measurement of charge carrier dynamics and the characterization of electrode materials by both conventional as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR. Studies of electrolyte-ion transport will use pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR. The candidate will also be encouraged to work in the fundamental development of NMR methods and instrumentation.
Ames Laboratory is equipped with 9.4 and 14.1 T solid-state NMR spectrometers with MAS probes for rotor diameters ranging from 5 to 1.6-mm. The Laboratory is awaiting the delivery of a 110 kHz ultrafast MAS probe. Aside from these instruments, the lab is also equipped with a 9.4 T Bruker MAS-DNP NMR spectrometer with both 3.2 and 1.3-mm MAS-DNP probes. The successful candidate will collaborate with other PIs in the Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences and the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering for synthetic and additional characterization needs.
More details can be found here: