The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara
invites applications for a full time Assistant Project Scientist with an anticipated start date mid August 2020.
The initial appointment will be for a period of two years. The Department is looking
for an individual with a particular emphasis in the area of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance
(NMR) spectroscopy, and has experience in NMR spin physics, NMR pulse sequence
development, dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), NMR and DNP hardware development, as well
as NMR and DNP theory. The candidate should also have experience in and/or a long-term interest
in advancing the characterization of heterogeneous catalyst materials.
In this position, the Assistant Project Scientist will carry out multiple scientific projects with focus
on DNP-enhanced NMR of diverse materials including catalyst and other complex materials
systems, engaging with multiple faculty collaborators and their students, as well as guiding,
advising and teaching a sub-group of students who are participating in the relevant scientific
Basic qualifications: The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Physics, with at least three
years of postdoctoral researcher experience at the time of application.
Additional qualifications: The applicant must have at least 5 years of prior experience in the field
of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). The applicant
must be proficient in the theory, experimentation and hardware building aspects of DNP-enhanced
NMR. The above requirements will be measured by the quality and number of papers (and journal
notoriety) published in the pertinent research area, as well as the number of talks presented at
major NMR conferences or meetings that the applicant should list in the Curriculum Vitae. The
applicant should also have over 2 years’ prior experience working on problems in NMR and
heterogeneous catalysis. The applicant should highlight this experience in the Statement of
Research with at least one example. Applicant will be judged on the prospect of leading research
projects in the area of DNP-NMR characterization of heterogeneous catalyst materials, generating
quality publications and efficiently communicating the research outcome to both the scientific
community and funding agency, based on similarly successful research conduct by the applicant
in the past as presented in the submitted application material.
Preferred qualifications: Successful candidates with experience in collaborating with diverse
research groups in material science is preferred. Experience and interest in guiding, teaching, and
advising a sub-group of students and postdoctoral researchers are preferred. Excellent written and
verbal communication skills are desirable qualifications.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and
excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to
Applications should be submitted electronically and must include:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Research
4. Submission of three publications/articles
Applications received by April 28, 2020 will be given priority consideration, but the position will
remain open until filled. To apply, please visit https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01774 .
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 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.