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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Kelly J. Gaffney

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Gaffney, Kelly J.
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
Robert Schoenlein; Elisa Biasin
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
PULSE Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2 years postdoctoral appointment at the Stanford PULSE Institute (SLAC)
Appointment Start Date: 
October 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

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The proposed research focus on understanding photo-induced charge-transfer, and associated atomic structural dynamics, in solvated molecular complexes and assemblies relevant for photocatalysis, light-harvesting, and related processes. The successful postdoctoral candidate will conduct advanced time-resolved X-ray scattering and spectroscopy experiments using the LCLS X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (and related XFEL and synchrotron facilities around the world). This research program closely couples advanced experimental and theoretical tools, and is part of a larger collaboration involving the U. Washington Chemistry Dept., the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), and SLAC.

Required Qualifications: 
  • Doctoral Degree in Physical Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related field
  • Strong background in physical chemistry or chemical physics
  • Experience with X-ray spectroscopy and/or scattering at synchrotrons or XFELs and/or experience with tabletop ultrafast spectroscopy methods
  • Strong ability to analyze data and develop appropriate models, working closely with theoristsExcellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership abilities to work as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists across multiple institutions
  • Ability to travel to synchrotron and XFEL facilities around the world to perform experiments
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for two references
  • Brief statement of research interests


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