Postdoctoral Fellow: 3D Mesoporous Synthesis and Green Energy investigation


The Functional Nanomaterial Research Laboratory directed by Dr. Jennifer Lu, is looking for a motivated and qualified postdoctoral scholar to design and synthesize 3D hierarchical porous carbon-based structures for energy storage and conversion.

The candidate should have experience in the following two key areas:

1) Advanced understanding in electrochemistry, and well versed in the use of spectroscopicand microscopic material characterization methods to understand relationships between structure and properties.

2) Extensive experience in nanomaterial synthesis; experience in nanocarbon synthesis is a plus.

The candidate is expected to stay abreast of recent publications in the field of electrocatalysis and electrochemical storage, develop research ideas and write research papers. The postdoctoral associate will be required to mentor graduate students and undergraduate students who will work on the project. The postdoctoral associate will also be responsible for maintaining laboratory synthesis and characterization equipment and reinforcing lab hygiene. Travel to user facilities at the National Laboratories will be required. The appointment will initially be 12 months with a high possibility for an extension of up to 12 additional months.

Applicants must have obtained a PhD in materials science, physics, chemistry or a related field. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required. Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct independent scientific research successfully are highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Starting dates are negotiable. Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter and a short research statement, 2) curriculum vitae and 3) names of at least three professional/academic references with contact information including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Please contact Jennifer Lu at for additional information.

Jennifer Lu, Ph.D., Associate Professor

 Director, NASA MIRO Center for Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing