Two experimental postdoc positions in ultrafast spectroscopy at The Ohio State University, USA

Two postdoctoral positions in experimental ultrafast laser spectroscopy are available immediately in the research group of Prof. Bern Kohler in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University. One position is focused on using pump-probe and two-dimensional ultrafast spectroscopic techniques such as transient spectral hole burning and ultrafast vibrational fingerprinting to elucidate structure-function-property relationships in melanin polymers (see C. Grieco et al. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 4569 and F. Kohl et al. Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 1248). Melanins are ubiquitous natural and multichromophoric pigments that have many properties in common with lab-made, carbon-based nanomaterials such as broadband optical absorption, paramagnetism, anti- and pro-oxidant character, electronic and ionic conductivity, and intriguing luminescent or photothermal behavior. These properties are attractive for applications in bioelectronics, photocatalysis, as well as energy conversion and storage. The second position is focused on understanding excited electronic states of DNA strands and DNA-templated metal clusters (see Y. Zhang et al., J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 8958). Both projects offer excellent opportunities for highly motivated scientists to interact with collaborators in experiment and theory and to advance fundamental understanding of how non-covalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding and pi stacking affect light-to-charge conversion and excited state dynamics in complex systems.

Candidates should have earned a Ph.D. in the last four years in physical chemistry or a related discipline. Candidates must have excellent writing, communication, and mentoring skills and be ready to contribute to a dynamic and collaborative team of researchers. Experience in ultrafast electronic and or vibrational laser spectroscopy is preferred. For further information and application inquiries (include a cover letter, CV, and names of two or three references) contact Prof. Bern Kohler (email). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and are strongly encouraged before August 6, 2021.

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