Post-Doctoral Associate in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

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Work type: Post Doc Associate
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Physical/Mathematical Sciences
Department:16360100 - LS-PHYSICS-GENERAL

Classification Title:

Post-Doctoral Associate

Job Description:

A Post-doctoral Associate position is available in INORGANIC CHEMISTRY to work in the group of Prof. George Christou in the Department of Chemistry as part of the Center for Molecular Magnetic Quantum Materials (M2QM) led by the Department of Physics, University of Florida. See  M2QM is a renewed (Aug. 1, 2022) Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy; See

Research within the M2QM Center ranges from the synthesis and characterization of emergent new molecular materials to a systematic computational understanding of their many-body quantum behaviors. Two primary technological challenges are being addressed: 1) how to create quantum bits (qubits) for intrinsically quantum computing, and 2) how to replace elements of traditional computers and sensors with intrinsically quantum, molecule-based devices that are energy efficient as well as fast and adaptive. Achieving these aims requires synergistic collaborations between computational scientists and experimental chemists and physicists.  

The successful candidate will work within the Christou group on the synthesis and characterization by various spectroscopic and physical methods of molecular 3d and/or 4f coordination compounds and clusters that exhibit properties appropriate for the objectives of the Center: these properties span magnetic molecules and their supramolecular aggregates as potential multi-qubit systems; generation and study of superposition and entanglement states of two or more molecules that are exchange-coupled; spin transitions and magnetoelectric couplings in molecular magnetic systems, and decoherence of spin and clock transitions.

This position will be initially awarded for one year and, contingent upon strong performance and conduct and availability of funds, may be renewed for up to two years.  

UF is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings), and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is located in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support a range of activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer a variety of programs including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.

Expected Salary:

The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the compensation includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:  A PhD in Chemistry
Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated extensive experience in synthetic inorganic chemistry in solution of 3d transition metals and lanthanides, crystallization of molecular compounds, and working knowledge of spectroscopic and physical techniques such as magnetochemistry, NMR, EPR, and electrochemistry. Prior experience in organic synthesis would be a significant plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applications must be submitted online. Click on Apply Now at the top of this posting.

A complete application includes (1) a letter of application summarizing the applicant's qualifications, interests, and suitability for the position, (2) a complete curriculum vitae, (3) a statement on research goals, and (4) a list of at least three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested from the references for selected applicants.

Applications will be reviewed beginning June 30, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled. Only complete applications will be reviewed at this time. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Health Assessment Required: No


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