Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Spectroscopy of Photocatalytic Systems

Saudi Arabia
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March 18 2021
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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Spectroscopy of Photocatalytic Systems

Job Description
The Ultrafast Dynamics Group (UFD) of the KAUST Solar Center (KSC) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with expertise in time-resolved optical spectroscopy of energy and electron transfer processes in photoactive materials for photocatalysis, specifically photocatalyzed organic materials synthesis and carbon dioxide reduction. The current expertise of the UFD group covers (ultra)fast pump-probe transient absorption/reflection and THz experiments, time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopy, and different transient electro-optical experiments. Expertise in the above techniques and/or related time-resolved (ultrafast) laser spectroscopy techniques, for instance in multidimensional electronic/vibronic spectroscopy, and in the analysis of transient spectroscopy data is essential.



  • Studying (ultrafast) dynamics of energy and electron transfer processes in photocatalytic systems
  • Analyzing and interpreting time-resolved spectroscopy measurements, developing photophysical models to describe reaction dynamics, and applying advanced data analysis tools such as multivariate curve resolution
  • Contributing to joint projects with internal and external collaborators, working towards completion of objectives
  • Dissemination of research results in project meetings, peer-reviewed journals, and at international conferences
  • Maintaining and advancing existing, and developing novel ultrafast laser spectroscopy setups

    Required Qualifications
    The candidate should ideally have a Ph.D. degree in physics or physical chemistry or a closely related field. Experience previously obtained during Ph.D./postdoctoral research in the field of time-resolved optical spectroscopy of photocatalytic systems is inevitable; applications from applicants without such experience are discouraged. Knowledge of the photophysics and photochemistry of organic and hybrid materials is a given. The research requires a high level of experimental skills and involves the operation of sophisticated ultrafast laser systems such as femtosecond amplifiers/oscillators, LC TOPAS, OPOs, and (home-built) NOPAs. The ability to design and execute spectroscopic experiments and to interpret spectroscopic data are required. Expertise with LabView, MatLab, and Origin data analysis software is an advantage.

    The candidate will join an interdisciplinary and very international Research Center and a highly cooperative team, and therefore, should be willing to work in a team environment. The candidate should have a strong sense of personal responsibility, high motivation to perform both curiosity-driven and goal-oriented research, scientific excellence, and flexibility to work and deliver results.

    KAUST benefits for postdoctoral fellows
    KAUST offers a highly competitive salary compared to international standards. Additional benefits include housing, medical and dental insurance, K-12 education for dependent children (subject to availability), relocation allowance, and repatriation allowance. The candidate will enjoy the multicultural experience of KAUST located at the shores of the Red Sea, in an international research group and Research Center with outstanding state-of-the-art facilities for materials' characterization including advanced ultrafast spectroscopy laboratories.

    Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
    Position Duration: 2 years (prolongation is possible)
    Position Start Date: flexible

    Visit and send your complete application dossier including an up-to-date CV, list of publications, motivation letter, and two recommendation letters to the research group leader, Associate Professor Dr. Frédéric Laquai.

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