Postdoctoral position in EPR, Overhauser DNP and/or solid state NMR applications

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the research group of Prof. Songi Han in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara. This postdoctoral position is a one-year appointment with potential for renewal up to three years.

This research will be conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Susannah Scott in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara, as well as other chemists and chemical engineers in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Thus, the applicant should have a broad interest in the field of catalysis, while it is expected that the applicant be an expert in magnetic resonance spectroscopy and methods. While prior knowledge and skills in EPR, Overhauser DNP and solid-state NMR is appreciated, a general proficiency in magnetic resonance experiments and concepts, and willingness to perform and learn new experiments and methods, required to solve the scientific question at hand, will be valued most.

The responsibility of the researcher is to lead research projects on the characterization of heterogeneous catalyst systems with particular emphasis on one or more of the following subject areas:  (i) the study of modulators of the solvent-solid interface and its role in tuning the adsorption and chemistry at the interface, (ii) the application of state of the art magnetic resonance methods to identify species and study their confinements in micro- and mesoporous materials, (iii) the characterization of the structure and property of catalyst sites, and/or (iv) the development of methods to study the spatial arrangement of multiple catalyst sites at the nanometer scale. As such, an applicant with expertise and interest in electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization (ODNP) for the study of solvation dynamics and the solvent-solid interface, EPR hyperfine spectroscopy of transition metal centers, dipolar EPR of distances and distance distribution of paramagnetic sites at the nanometer scale, and/or solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy of catalyst support surfaces and active sites, among others, will be sought after. A total of 1 to 2 positions may become available with complementary expertise in EPR, Overhauser DNP and/or solid-state NMR.

UCSB is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including publications, names of 2-3 references, and a 2-page statement of purpose to [email protected]  and [email protected] .

Review of applications will begin immediately, priority given to applications send by October 1, 2018, and will continue until filled.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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