Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames Laboratory

The Division of Chemical & Biological Sciences at Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a strong background in solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The chosen candidate will become a part of a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Ames Laboratory as well as other U.S. DOE labs and universities, working towards the development, and understanding, of next generation supercapacitors. The work will mainly focus on the measurement of charge carrier dynamics and the characterization of electrode materials by both conventional as well as dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) enhanced solid-state NMR. Studies of electrolyte-ion transport will use pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR. The candidate will also be encouraged to work in the fundamental development of NMR methods and instrumentation.

Ames Laboratory is a leader in developing solid-state NMR techniques, and has recently opened a newly remodeled NMR Laboratory. Ames Laboratory is equipped with 9.4 and 14.1 T Agilent solid-state NMR spectrometers, as well as a 9.4 T Bruker solid-state DNP NMR spectrometer. Additional instrumentation is also available through both the lab and Iowa State University's shared facilities, as well as through collaboration.

The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and collaborate in a team. The position also requires the candidate to find and develop their own research subjects within the projects, in addition to the experiments requested by the collaborators.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science or a related discipline.
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of electrochemistry and associated instrumentation.
  • Experience in theoretical and experimental aspects of modern solid stat NMR, including method development.


Proposed Start Date:

July 1, 2021


Proposed End Date or Length of Term:

June 30, 2022


Time Type:

Full time


Link to apply:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

The candidate selected for hire may be requested to provide documentation to verify highest degree completed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.



Original Posting Date:

March 26, 2021


Posting Close Date:

April 25, 2021


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