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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
University of Arizona in the Tucson, Arizona
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Date Posted 09/15/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
Job details
$52,704 a year
Job Type
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  • Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
  • Rate of Pay $52,704 DOE
Full Job Description
Posting Number
Materials Science & Engr
Department Website Link
Main Campus
Tucson, AZ USA
Position Highlights

The Laboratory for Interface Science of Printable Electronic Materials (LISPEM), directed by Professor Erin Ratcliff in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona (, seeks applicants for two postdoctoral scholars working in the field of printable electronic materials for solar cells and electrochemical cells. Project goals focus on mechanism understanding of interfacial properties of charge transfer across length scales.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to take a leading role in the use and/or development of novel instrumentation to characterize interfaces of printable electronic materials, including metal halide perovskites, organic semiconductors, and colloidal quantum dots.
  • Measurements can include steady-state and/or transient photo-spectroscopy approaches and scanning probe approaches.
  • Opportunities for photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS,UPS, IPES) and structural measurements using in-house state of the art electron microscopies (i.e. TEM and PEEM).
  • Travel to synchrotron-based facilities is available.
  • The emphasis of the project is on chemical insight, with connection to device relevance.
  • The postdoc is expected to actively participate in the dissemination of research findings through weekly meetings with the PI and other group members, author monthly reports, publish in top journals, and aid in the training of graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Additional duties may be assigned
Minimum Qualifications
  • The candidate must hold a PhD in chemistry, physics, or materials science (or similar field) at the start date.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated experience working in a wet lab of materials or chemistry, with a background in surface characterization methods of semiconductor systems.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate communicating effectively, verbally and in writing.
Preferred Qualifications
  • A strong background in fundamental surface science is highly desired.
  • Experience with instrumentation development is highly preferred, including writing Labview and/or data processing scripts.
  • The ideal candidate will have a background in printed electronics, such as metal halide perovskite materials and/or organic semiconductors, with a track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience working with knowledge of charge transport and charge transfer properties is ideal.
  • Experience with of laboratory and synchrotron-based photoelectron techniques and/or scanning probe techniques is highly desired.
  • Experience with x-ray scattering is desired but not required.
Full Time/Part Time
Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week
Work Calendar
Job Category
Benefits Eligible
Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay
$52,704 DOE
Compensation Type
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required:
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)
Number of Vacancies
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates
Dr. Erin Ratcliff
Open Date
Open Until Filled
Documents Needed to Apply
Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
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