Postdoctoral position in Ultrafast Molecular Imaging at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

A position as a Postdoctoral scholar is available in the Centurion group at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The candidate will join a world leading group in the field of ultrafast imaging of molecular dynamics and carry out experiments in ultrafast electron and X-ray diffraction. Experiments will be carried out locally at UNL, at the SLAC National Lab MeV-UED facility and at the LCLS X-ray Free Electron Laser. Diffraction experiments provide a unique perspective because they can capture changes in molecular structure with atomic resolution. The work will be carried out within the framework of an existing collaboration with groups at SLAC, Brown University, Kansas State University and Louisiana State University.

The postdoc will plan and carry out ultrafast electron and X-ray diffraction experiments locally and at large facilities, analyze and interpret data, carry out improvements on existing instrumentation, and guide graduate students. There will also be ample opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art laser and X-ray based spectroscopic measurements of ultrafast molecular dynamics.

Applicants with a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or a related field and an excellent track record are encouraged to apply. Please submit your CV and the contact information of at least two references to Prof. Martin Centurion (, with the words “Postdoc Application” in the subject line.

Related references

  1. Centution et al, “Ultrafast Imaging of Molecules with Electron Diffraction,” Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry (accepted 2021, preprint available upon request).
  2. Xiong et al, ''High-resolution movies of molecular rotational dynamics captured with ultrafast electron diffraction,'' Physical Review Research 2, 043064 (2020)
  3. Yang et al, ''Imaging CF3I conical intersection and photodissociation dynamics with ultrafast electron diffraction,'' Science 361 , 64 (2018).
  4. Yang et al, "Diffractive Imaging of Coherent Nuclear Motion in Isolated Molecules," Physical Review Letters, 117, 153002 (2016)