Postdoc position at The Ohio State University, Ohio, USA.

A postdoctoral position to investigate the optoelectronic properties of melanin using ultrafast laser spectroscopy is available in the research group of Prof. Bern Kohler in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University (USA) with a start date in December 2021 or January 2022.  Melanin, the ubiquitous natural pigment, is a member of the broad class of polyphenolic compounds that constitute most of the reduced carbon in the biosphere. Unlike polypeptides and polynucleotides, the precise chemical structures of these materials are unknown, impeding progress at understanding properties such as paramagnetism, anti- and pro-oxidant behavior, and electronic and ionic conductivity that make them attractive as sustainable, green materials for applications in bioelectronics, photocatalysis, as well as energy conversion and storage. The postdoctoral scientist, who must have experience in ultrafast electronic and/or vibrational spectroscopy and an interest in carbon-based nanomaterials, will join an existing international team (US-Canada-Spain) that has complementary expertise in spectroscopy, organic synthesis, and theory. There are opportunities to contribute to bottom-up studies of quinone-based model compounds in addition to top-down studies of synthetic melanins like polydopamine. The position is fully funded for two years.

Applicants of any nationality are welcome to apply  Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in the last four years. For further information and application inquiries (include a cover letter and CV) contact Prof. Bern Kohler (kohler@chemistry.ohio-state.edu) as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.