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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position on In-situ Gas Cell Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy

University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut, United States (on-site)
11 days ago


The University of Connecticut (UConn), one of the top 20 public universities in the nation, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the School of Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science (IMS). Applicants with a strong background in (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM) and in-situ experiment experiences are encouraged to apply. In this position, you will have the opportunity to engage creative research on investigating structure-property dynamics in advanced functional and structural materials including but not limited to heterogeneous catalysts. You will have the opportunity to work in a state-of-the-art TEM center hosting a probe-corrected Titan Themis STEM, and perform in-situ (gaseous) environmental microscopy at our latest InToEM center (https://today.uconn.edu/school-stories/intoem/).

UConn is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1).  As part of these initiatives, the new UConn-Thermo Fisher Scientific Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis (CAMMA) has acquired seven new electron beam instruments including state-of-the-art TEM, SEM and FIB systems. These are housed in the UConn Technology Park as part of the purpose-built Advanced Characterization Laboratory.


The successful candidate will share a deep commitment to transmission electron microscopy. Working under the supervision of Prof. Yuanyuan Zhu (Group Homepage: https://zhu.mse.uconn.edu), the candidate will be expected to lead in-situ Environmental TEM (ETEM) research to further the understanding of materials dynamic evolution during gas-solid interactions. The candidate will also contribute to TEM sample preparation, mentor graduate and undergraduate students; write progress reports; interact with research collaborators; prepare and maintain lab equipment and supplies, submit and publish peer reviewed journal papers.


The selected candidate is expected to start immediately or upon mutual agreement. This is a full-time (12-month appointment) position, and is renewable every year. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the UConn main campus in Storrs, CT.  Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience.



An earned doctorate in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline. A strong background and extensive research experience in TEM sample preparation, (scanning) transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. Good written and verbal communication skills. Good research capabilities as evidenced by a record of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at scientific conferences.


Additionally, a strong background in one or several of these fields is desirable: heterogeneous catalysis, phase transition, reaction kinetics. The candidate is expected to be proficient at three or more of the following techniques including but not limited to: in-situ heating TEM, SAED, Nanobeam Electron Diffraction, HRTEM, probe-corrected STEM, EDS mapping, core- (and low-) loss EELS. Skills and experience in in-situ gas cell ETEM and advanced TEM data processing (e.g., machine learning) are highly desired. Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact effectively with staffs, students and collaborators.


Please submit the following: a cover letter; curriculum vitae (with a full list of publication), copies of two representative publications to yuanyuan.2.zhu@uconn.edu, with a subject title “In-situETEMPostdoc_yourname”.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69403013
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Storrs, Connecticut, United States
  • Company Name For Job: University of Connecticut
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate Position on In-situ Gas Cell Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Job Function: Post-Doc
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: None
  • Required Travel: None
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