Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2019 Position in Harvard University

Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2019 Position in Harvard University

Designation/Position-  Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2019

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), USA  invites application for Postdoctoral Fellowship – 2019 position from highly eligible and interested candidates 

About-  The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is seeking qualified candidates for a postdoctoral research position to conduct laboratory experiments in gas-phase kinetics and spectroscopy relevant to atmospheric chemistry. Research will be performed under the direction of Dr. David Wilmouth in the shared laboratory space of Prof. James Anderson and Prof. Frank Keutsch in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. In addition to the primary laboratory effort, the position may also involve flight instrument development and participation in aircraft field deployments as part of the NASA Earth Venture project entitled Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere 

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Research/Job Area-  Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, or a related field

Location-  Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)


The ideal candidate will have received a PhD in chemistry, physics, atmospheric sciences, or a related field and will have an interest in building and working with custom instrumentation to make novel measurements relevant to improving our understanding of the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere.

Prior experience using cavity-based spectroscopic techniques (e.g., BBCES, CRDS) or with kinetics rate constant determinations is highly desirable.

A background in atmospheric science or gas-phase inorganic chemistry is a plus.

The position will involve working independently as well as in collaboration with other scientists and engineers.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, technically skilled, and have excellent oral and written skills.

The position will be filled as soon as possible and will initially be for one year, renewable for additional years following exemplary performance.

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, or a related field.
  • Strong laboratory skills. Experience with building, operating, and maintaining complex instrumentation in the laboratory or field environment.
  • Experience in gas-phase spectroscopic and chemical kinetics methods.
  • Record of presenting results at scientific meetings and publishing in scientific journals.

Job/Position Description- 

  • Design, plan, and perform gas-phase laboratory kinetics and spectroscopy experiments. Techniques to be used include Broadband Cavity-Enhanced Spectroscopy, resonance fluorescence detection, discharge flow kinetics, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, etc.
  • Analyze and interpret results. Present at scientific meetings and publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Possibility to participate in the preparation and integration of the Harvard Halogen flight instrument for measuring ClO and BrO on the ER-2 aircraft during the NASA DCOTSS campaign (with flights primarily in 2020 and 2021).

How to Apply- Applicants should submit the following: (a) letter of interest including potential start date and names of three references, (b) CV, and (c) one letter of reference.

Interested candidates should email their application packet as a single PDF file with the subject “PD Harvard” to Dr. David Wilmouth ([email protected]).

Last Date for Apply–  Applications will be received until position is filled

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