Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Postdoctoral Research Associate at MIT: Join the Gilliard Lab at MIT as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and collaborate with the MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium on innovative projects related to carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and catalysis. This interdisciplinary position focuses on developing phase-change CO2 capture materials and earth-abundant element-based catalytic CO2 reduction methods.

Designation: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Research Area: Synthetic Chemistry, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture, Catalysis

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


  • PhD in chemistry with a specialization in chemical synthesis (organic, inorganic, organometallic). ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates will also be considered.
  • Proficiency in chemical catalysis.
  • Expertise in advanced spectroscopy techniques (e.g., NMR, IR).
  • Strong collaboration skills to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences.

Job Description:

As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Gilliard Lab, you will be part of an interdisciplinary materials development team focused on addressing challenges related to CO2 capture and reduction. Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and optimizing synthetic methodologies for CO2 capture materials and catalysis.
  • Collaborating with experts from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science.
  • Redesigning amines for retrofitting into existing technologies for CO2 capture.
  • Exploring the use of earth-abundant elements for catalytic CO2 reduction.
  • Conducting experiments and advanced spectroscopy (e.g., NMR, IR) to analyze materials.
  • Communicating research findings through publications and presentations.
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations and effectively communicating scientific concepts.

Preferred Skills: While not mandatory, candidates with the following skills and experiences are preferred:

  • Experience in electrochemical reduction of energy-relevant small molecules (e.g., CO2, O2, N2).
  • Proficiency in basic computational chemistry (e.g., DFT).
  • Knowledge of X-ray crystallography techniques, including crystallization and full structure determination.
  • Background in the synthesis of organic heterocycles and/or porous materials.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following documents to apply for this position:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
  2. Cover letter explaining your research interests, relevant experience, and motivation for applying.
  3. Contact information for references.

Please send your application materials to Prof. Robert J. Gilliard, Jr. at [Gilliard Lab Email Address].

Last Date for Apply: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Early application is encouraged to secure your chance to work on cutting-edge projects in carbon dioxide capture and catalysis at MIT.


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