Job Opening Inorganic Postdoctoral Researcher

The Burns Research Group has two postdoc openings for highly motivated inorganic or radiochemists. The successful candidates will contribute to a variety of activities in inorganic radiochemistry including 1) the investigation into emerging radioisotopes At-211 for medical applications or 2) the development of new technologies for used nuclear fuel recycling.

Relevant Skills and Experience

  • This position requires the successful candidate to be an adept, hands-on chemist with experience in inorganic, analytical, or radiochemistry, preferably with experience either in experience in short-lived radioisotopes or in f‑element chemistry.
  • A fundamental understanding of metal coordination complexes in solution and solid phases utilization towards applications of separations processes such as solvent extraction, ion exchange, and crystallization is also desirable.
  • The ability to work in a team-oriented, interdisciplinary environment that embraces change, risk, and flexibility is needed.
  • This individual must be capable of handling multiple projects/tasks at the same time.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team with a sense of urgency for timelines is needed.
  • The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A passion and enthusiasm for innovation will be an asset.
  • Proven problem-solving skills and good interpersonal relationship and people skills will be needed.

Essential Duties:

  • Design and carry out independent research focused on inorganic radiochemistry which could include: 1) the study of At-211 binding and complexation or 2) the study of a hexavalent actinide co-crystallization separation approach.
  • Obtain and analyze data from a variety of techniques including ICP-MS, UV-VIS, radioTLC, gamma spectroscopy, LSC, etc.
  • Handle radioactive materials in a safe manner.
  • Keeps meticulous records in laboratory notebook and online data management systems and initial analysis of laboratory results.
  • Write technical reports of experimental data to meet the sponsors’ requirements and for manuscripts to be submitted for peer-reviewed journal article publication.
  • Shares responsibility with other lab members for compliance with University safety procedures and maintaining common supplies and instruments.
  • Conduct literature searches related to research projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, preferably with experience in inorganic chemistry or radiochemistry.
  • US Citizen or Green card holder may be required depending on the project.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • High-quality, peer-reviewed publications

Preferred Skills/Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with short-lived radioisotopes
  • Experience with radioTLC and HPLC
  • Experience in f-element separation
  • Experience with UV-Vis spectroscopy
  • Experience with actinide chemistry

If you are interested, please submit a Cover Letter, CV, and Research Statement to