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  • The James Franck Institute is a Research Institute within the Physical Science Division of the University of Chicago. The Division includes several other such institutes. Each brings together faculty from several academic disciplines in the Physical Sciences. These disciplines are Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geophysical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics.

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    Research Scientist Jobs


    Applications are invited for a Research Scientist position in the James Franck Institute at The University of Chicago. The primary responsibilities of the position are to prepare and isolate chemical and biological samples for spectroscopic analysis, to oversee operations in our wet chemistry and biological growth facilities, to play a role in supervising students conducting these activities, and to enable ground-breaking studies on energy transfer within photosynthetic and synthetic systems with nonlinear optical spectroscopy. The successful applicant will work as a member of a research group headed by Professor Gregory Engel that includes undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs focused on the study of quantum dynamics in biology. The position carries with it PI rights for submitting funding proposals, and the successful applicant will be encouraged to also develop and pursue their own research agenda within the broad theme of the group.
    Minimum qualifications for the position are a PhD in chemistry or related discipline, 3 years of experience isolating biological complexes from photosynthetic bacteria and plants and experience in chemistry of porphyrin and chlorin molecules. The ideal candidate will also have research experience beyond the PhD, a history of obtaining external funding, and experience in some or all of the following areas: light sensitive chemistry, inorganic chemistry, protein chemistry, process chemistry up to 100g scales, and supervision of students.
    The position is available starting February 1, 2014, and the initial contract can be for up to three years depending on mutual agreement. The position is renewable beyond the initial contract pending the availability of funding. A competitive salary, along with standard benefits, will be offered.
    Applicants must apply through the University of Chicago Academic Jobs Website, http://tinyurl.com/mxgq3yw and upload a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and a research statement that outlines the applicant's relevant qualifications and interest in the proposed position (maximum length of 3 pages). In addition, three letters of recommendation will be required. Referral letter submission information will be provided during the application process. References will automatically be solicited for letters only after the online application has been completed and submitted. Review of complete applications will begin December 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

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