The position of a Postdoctoral Research Associate is open in the research group of Prof. Johnathan Brantley in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The researcher will use chemical synthesis and analytical techniques to investigate one of three areas: (i) functional organic polymers, (ii) applications of electrophilic carbenes in synthesis, or (iii) organometallic polymers.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Research efforts in the Brantley group focus on addressing chemical problems at the interface of materials science and synthetic methodology. Specifically, we envision new strategies for transforming reactive species into materials or chemical scaffolds that are challenging synthetic targets. We are particularly interested in accessing functional polymers that exhibit tunable structures and physical properties. The development of novel organometallic species, and investigating their applications in both synthesis and materials science, is another area of focus. Our program integrates elements of physical organic chemistry, polymer science, and organometallic chemistry to address both fundamental and applied problems.
The ideal postdoctoral candidate will work on assigned research projects and develop new thrusts in these areas. The assigned projects will require the synthesis of target compounds; as such, experience with compound isolation and structural analysis (e.g. NMR, mass spectrometry, crystallography, etc.) is highly desirable. Modern polymerization strategies, as well as the development of novel approaches, will be implemented as necessary.
The postdoctoral candidate must be knowledgeable and experienced in synthesis, as well as one or more of the following areas: (i) polymer science, (ii) inorganic or organometallic chemistry, (iii) catalysis, and (iv) method development.
The postdoctoral candidate must have strong verbal and writing skills. The candidate must be willing to work collaboratively with experimentalists and theorists. The candidate must also mentor students in the group from time to time.
The appointment starts from January 1, 2018, and will continue for one year. It will be extended beyond one year based on mutual agreement. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
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