Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity in Nanoscale Spectroscopy (mid-IR & VIS) with AFM Probes
University of Maryland College Park and NIST
June 22, 2018
Commensurate with qualificatio
Academic, Government and National Lab
Engineering and Technology: Electrical, Engineering and Technology: Materials, Physics: Materials
The Photothermal Induced Resonance (PTIR), also known as AFM-IR, is a scanning probe technique that combines the spatial resolution of AFM with the specificity of IR spectroscopy. The NIST PTIR instrument consists of 2 AFMs coupled with 6 broadly tunable lasers, covering the spectral range from 400 nm to 16.0 μm continuously, thus enabling the acquisition of correlated vibrational and electronic spectra at the nanoscale.
Current efforts in Dr. Andrea Centrone’s group aim to further develop the PTIR technique and apply it, in collaboration with several other groups, to answer outstanding questions in nanotechnology and material science across several materials such as: organic inorganic perovskites solar cells, plasmonic nanostructures, hBN nanostructures, polymers, drug delivery liposomes, polypeptide nanostructures, metal-organic frameworks, etc.
Recent PTIR achievements at NIST leverage new nanoscale optomechanical AFM probes to improve the PTIR sensitivity (50x), time resolution (1500x), throughput (2500x) and enable measuring the sample chemical composition and thermal conductivity at the nanoscale concurrently. The Centrone group is also recently demonstrated the acquisition of nanoscale infrared spectra in water with high signal to noise ratio enabling protein conformational analysis at the nanoscale.
A successful candidate will work at the NIST CNST to advance the systems described above under the mentorship of CNST Project Leader Dr. Andrea Centrone and in collaboration with researchers in his laboratory.
Candidates will conduct PTIR research applied on specific materials or nano or biological systems and contribute to the development of the PTIR technique, with efforts balanced as a function of the candidate expertise and interests.
Additionally, the candidate will have an opportunity to:
Get trained on and access state-of-the-art nanofabrication and nano-characterization equipment
Publish in prestigious journals and attend conferences/workshops
Participate professional and career development activities
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent experience in materials engineering, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or related disciplines.
Candidates with expertise in AFM measurement and/or IR spectroscopy and with a broad and multidisciplinary background are particularly encouraged to apply. Expertise in the customization of scanning probe instrumentation is a plus.
Knowledge in any of the following fields would be useful but not necessary: 2D materials, photovoltaics, MEMS, thermal measurements.
Fellowships are normally awarded for two years with possibility of extension.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE on a continuing basis. Preferred start dates are in July-August 2018.
Please send a brief statement of interest and CV to Dr. Andrea Centrone
Project Leader, Nanoscale Chemical Imaging and Spectroscopy Lab
100 Bureau Drive, Bldg. 216, B219, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
About University of Maryland College Park and NIST
The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. The institution has a $1.9 billion operating budget, secures $550 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. ----- The National Institute of Standards and Technology is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce whose mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.
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