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Associate Scientist -- Solid-State NMR

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Classification Information

University Title Associate Scientist - 3150
Pay Grade 37
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80043P
Working Title Associate Scientist -- Solid-State NMR
Advertised Employing Department Ames Laboratory
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date 10/1/2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory operated through contractual agreement with Iowa State University (ISU), is seeking candidates for a Principal Investigator (PI)-track research position, at the level of Associate Scientist. This person will conduct research within the Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences and the Division of Materials Science and Engineering, both of which are funded by DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences.
The Associate Scientist will conceive, design, and conduct research in the field of solid-state NMR spectroscopy. He/she will work closely and complement the expertise of the current team of PIs working in the areas of nanomaterials, mesoporous materials, interfacial chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and solid-state NMR. A successful candidate is expected to bring his/her own ideas to strengthen these research programs. In particular, the scientist is expected to develop and apply new solid-state NMR methods, using state-of-the-art technologies, especially high-field dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) and (ultra)fast magic angle spinning, as well as modern computational tools.

Accordingly, this position will require a strong experimental and theoretical background in solid-state NMR, as well as the ability to quickly develop additional synergistic areas of chemistry and materials science to contribute to the overall effort of Ames Laboratory research programs. The scientist is also expected to work towards the development of an internationally recognized research program, which includes publication and presentations, writing research proposals (as PI or co-PI) and establishing external relationships.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

Degree must be in chemistry or a closely related field.

Research experience must in the area of Solid-State NMR.

Preferred Education and Experience

Ph.D. in experimental chemistry or a closely related field, such as materials science, physics or chemical engineering.

Experience in the development of solid-state NMR methods, in particular those involving DNP.

Demonstrated expertise in the use of modern computations tools associated with modern solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative team.

Demonstrated publication record in the field of solid-state NMR and its applications.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Lynnette Witt
Department Contact Phone 515-294-2680
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/02/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

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Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents