Opportunities

Multiple Scientist and Postdoctoral Scholar opportunities in Low- Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Summer Diversity Research Fellowship

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways Program

UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Vacancy for PhD student or Postdoc on ultrafast spectroscopy at TU Delft

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

Multiple Scientist and Postdoctoral Scholar opportunities in Low- Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) has multiple opportunities for research scientists at various levels: Specialist series, Project Scientist and Postdoctoral Scholar levels.

Project Scientists must have a PhD and several years of postdoctoral research experience. They are expected to lead a team of students and scientists under the supervision of one or more CaSTL Faculty. They are expected to make original contributions to the research.

Postdocs must have a PhD, and will conduct research under the general oversight of one or more faculty mentors. They are expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

Specialists must have at least a B.S. degree and a Master or PhD degree is preferred. They must contribute to various aspects of ongoing projects.

The CaSTL Center is envisioned as a world leader in developing the enabling science and technology to record molecular motions and transformations in real space and time, with ultimate joint space-time resolution of Å-fs, necessary to capture chemistry one bond at a time. In addition to developing the methods, the Center will demonstrate implementations of major impact on chemistry.

CaSTL researchers integrated ultrafast spectroscopy with low- temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to explore the ultrafast behavior of single molecules. This collaborative project is directed by a team of professors including Ara Apkarian (Chemistry, UC, Irvine), Wilson Ho (Physics, UC, Irvine), Richard Van Duyne (Chemistry, North Western) and George Schatz (Theory, North Western), Hrvoje Petek (Physics, Pittsburgh). More information on our activities is available at castl.uci.edu

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and/or ultrafast spectroscopy/microscopy with extensive hands-on experience. The candidate must also possess an ambition to learn more about areas in which they have less expertise. The candidate will carry out research centered in the laboratory of one PI, but also coordinate the activities of multiple graduate students working in each of the PI’s labs. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable, dependent upon performance and available funding.

Interested candidates should upload a CV with two letters of recommendation to AP Recruit (https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply):
Specialist: JPF04304
Postdoctoral Scholar: JPF04302
Project Scientist: JPF04305

For questions, please contact
Venkat Bommisetty
Managing Director
CaSTL Phone: 949-824-4560
E-mail: Venkatb@uci.edu

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Summer Diversity Research Fellowship

Program Overview

The CaSTL Diversity Research Fellowship (DReF) is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research with a CaSTL Center faculty member at the University of Utah, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Northwestern University, or University of California Irvine.

Program Goals: To encourage outstanding students from underrepresented groups to

  • pursue STEM careers related to physical chemistry.
  • encourage community college students to transfer to one of the CaSTL Center member universities to major in chemistry.
  • encourage students to apply to the physical chemistry graduate program.

Program Details

DReF will provide a hands-on scientific research opportunity in one of the CaSTL faculty laboratories in which students will be trained in research methods, data analysis, and written/oral communication of their results. Students will also attend career development and preparation for graduate school workshops.

A stipend of $3500, housing allowance up to $2000, reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $500, and a travel award to attend a regional or national research conference to present successful CaSTL summer research projects will be offered.

Learn more about our first cohort here.

Application can be found here. Deadline to receive all materials is January 5, 2018.

Eligibility

Applicant qualifications:

  • Undergraduate currently attending an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Completed general chemistry, physics, and calculus I courses
  • Provide documentation showing you are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions if selected. Open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

Women, underrepresented minorities, military veterans, first generation college students, and students at colleges or universities with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Lab Choices

Additional info about each lab can be found on the Team page. 

University of Utah

  • Professor Jennifer Shumaker-Parry - Interfacial & Bioanalytical Chemistry (IBAC) photochemical properties

University of Pittsburgh

  • Professor Hrvoje Petek - Condensed Matter Physics

Penn State University

  • Professor Lasse Jensen - Theory of Molecular Plasmonics and Computational Spectroscopy

Northwestern University - Joint Lab

  • Professors George Schatz and Richard Van Duyne - Theory and Computation, Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

University of California Irvine

  • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
  • Professor Nien-hui Ge - Ultrafast 2-D IR Spectroscopy and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG)
  • Professor Eric Potma - Non-Linear Optical (CARS) Microscopy
  • Professor Matthew Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
  • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
  • Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe - Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Professor Ruqian Wu - Density Functional Studies of Physical Properties of Novel Materials, Theory and Computation

Requirements

Submit the completed online application including the following:

  • First and second lab choices
    
  • Personal statement
    
  • Complete the reference information and confirm receipt of two letters of recommendation
  • Provide a copy of your unofficial college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

ALL materials must be received prior to the January 5, 2018 deadline to be considered.

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information.

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways Program

The CaSTL Center University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Albany State University (ASU) Pathways Program (CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways) is an 8-week summer program for ASU undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research with a UCI faculty mentor who is a member of CaSTL. The goals of the program are to encourage outstanding students that attend a Historically Black College and University (1) to pursue STEM careers related to physical chemistry and (2) to encourage students to apply to the physical chemistry graduate program at UCI.

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways will provide a hands-on scientific research opportunity in one of the UCI CaSTL faculty laboratories in which students will be trained in research methods, data analysis, and written/oral communication of their results. Students will also attend career development and preparation for graduate school workshops.

A stipend of $3500, housing, reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $600, and a travel award to attend a regional or national research conference to present successful CaSTL summer research projects will be offered. This program is funded by a grant awarded from the University of California, Office of the President UC-HBCU Initiative.

Apply here and contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information.

Lab Choices. Additional info about each lab can be found on the Team page.

  • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
  • Professor Nien-hui Ge - Ultrafast 2-D IR Spectroscopy and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG)
  • Professor Eric Potma - Non-Linear Optical (CARS) Microscopy
  • Professor Matthew Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
  • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
  • Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe - Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Professor Ruqian Wu - Density Functional Studies of Physical Properties of Novel Materials, Theory and Computation

 

Learn more about our 2017 cohort here

UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the University of California Irvine (UCI) encourages and facilitates research activities by UCI undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines. There are several research opportunities available in the following CaSTL Center research labs at UCI http://www.urop.uci.edu/opportunities.html.

  • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
  • Professor Nien-hui Ge - Ultrafast 2-D IR Spectroscopy and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG)
  • Professor Eric Potma - Non-Linear Optical (CARS) Microscopy
  • Professor Matthew Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
  • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
  • Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe - Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Professor Ruqian Wu - Density Functional Studies of Physical Properties of Novel Materials

If selected as a UROP Fellow, students will be provided a faculty mentored research experience, assistance with research proposal writing, developing research plans through project management skills, and developing scientific presentation skills by participating in the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Furthermore, students may be provided with a $3000 stipend to continue research in a CaSTL Center lab during the summer.

Requirements for Summer Stipend

  • Student must work in the CaSTL lab six months prior to seeking a summer position.
  • Student must work on a CaSTL related project during the summer.
  • Student must submit completed application for the summer UROP to be considered for the CaSTL summer stipend.
  • Student must provide proof of eligibility to work in the US.
  • Student must commit to work 40 hours per week and will be integrated into the CaSTL Summer DReF program.
 

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information.

 

Vacancy for PhD student or Postdoc:

Ultrafast spectroscopy on multiexcitons and charge carriers in semiconductor nanostructures

 

The project focuses on ultrathin 2D semiconductors that are of interest for application in field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, solar cells, photodetectors, lasers and sensors.

You will carry out spectroscopy on excitons and charge carriers in 2D nanosheets and superlattices of e.g. lead chalcogenides (PbX with X=S, Se or Te) and cadmium chalcogenides (CdX). These materials cover a wide range of dielectric constants, band gaps, and effective masses of electrons and holes. Variation of material composition and nanogeometry allows one to exploit effects of quantum confinement and to realize unusual optoelectronic properties. For instance, the electronic band structure for a honeycomb geometry exhibits a linear increase of the kinetic energy with wave vector instead of the classic quadratic increase, giving rise to highly mobile, massless Dirac carriers as in graphene.

You will study the formation, mobility and decay kinetics of excitons and charge carriers with femtosecond and nanosecond pump-probe laser techniques with optical and terahertz/microwave conductivity detection. You investigate interactions between excitons at higher density and possible formation of an electron-hole plasma. At low temperature excitons may form a Bose-Einstein condensate and at higher density a crossover to electron-hole Cooper pairs can occur. You will study the formation and properties of these many-body phases in relation to the composition and nanogeometry of the materials.

You carry out experiments in the laboratory of prof. Laurens Siebbeles (http://www.tnw.tudelft.nl/en/about-faculty/departments/chemical-engineering/research/opto-electronic-materials/) at TU Delft in The Netherlands. The project is sponsored via a TOP grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and will be conducted in collaboration with a PhD student performing synthesis with prof. Daniel Vanmaekelbergh (http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~vanma101/) and a PhD student on theory with prof. Henk Stoof (http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~stoof101/) at Utrecht University.

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package and offers a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your skills. Please visit www.phd.tudelft.nl for more information. As PhD student you will be given a contract for four years with a monthly salary in the range €2191 to €2801 (excluding holiday allowance ~8%), while as a postdoc the contract is for three years with a salary depending on experience.

Please e-mail your letter of application, CV and recommendation letters to L.D.A.Siebbeles@tudelft.nl.

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for a postdoctoral appointment in the group of Professor Apkarian under a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. Eligible candidates must hold a German citizenship or have spent the last five years in Germany.

For more information, see this webpage www.humboldt-foundation.de/lynen

Please send your application to Erika Metz at emetz@uci.edu