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Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of San Diego

  • Feb. 15, 2017
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • University of San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - Biochemistry
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Post-Doctoral Researcher
University of San Diego

Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Staff or Admin/Full-Time or Part-Time
Job IRC#22856

Job Description:

The general purpose of this position is to conduct independent and collaborative research with undergraduates in the laboratory of Professor David O. De Haan, and to teach one course annually in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. In particular, the post-doctoral researcher is charged with designing, implementing, and summarizing experiments that lead to peer-reviewed publications with student co-authors.

This position operates under general guidance and direction of Professor David O. De Haan, and directly supervises a subset of the undergraduate research students working in Professor De Haan's laboratory.

This is a full-time, temporary, benefit-based assignment with an anticipated end date of August 1, 2019. This is an 11-month position paid over 12 months, with the usual month off being August.

Examples of Work:

Conceive and design laboratory experiments in order to achieve stated project goals.
Maintain a detailed and scientifically accurate notebook that is dated and signed at regular intervals.
Set-up and execute experiments designed in consultation with supervisor.
Contact manufacturers' representatives with questions about equipment.
Maintain electronic and back-up records of instrumental data.
Regularly summarize progress with graphs and tables of analytical data.
Participate in periodic group meetings.
Acquire analytical data on and off campus at it relates to stated project goals.
Conduct literature searching and access references in support of stated project goals.
When applicable, write up findings and submit for publication to peer-reviewed journals.

Create effective learning environments for students in lecture and lab segments of assigned courses.
Actively supervise students during laboratory sessions.
Assess student learning via discussion, quizzes, and tests.
Provide personal accessibility for students outside of class via office hours and special appointments, as requested.

Procurement and Lab Management
Order and track all materials necessary to achieve stated research objectives including chemicals, lab consumables, solvents, and equipment.
Interface with the Department procurement specialist to maintain accurate expenditure records.
Maintain the lab inventory of chemicals and supplies.
Maintain a well-organized lab space.
Ensure laboratory equipment is calibrated and functional, and interface with Department Instrument Specialist to initiate repair, recalibration, or maintenance.

Function as the lead safety officer in the De Haan laboratory.
Ensure full compliance with the USD chemical hygiene plan.
Coordinate chemical waste removal with the Department technician.
Act as the lab's first point of contact for the building safety manager.

Supervise undergraduate students in all aspects of research during academic and summer months.

Utilize specialized software programs (ChemDraw, EndNote, Igor Pro, LabView, etc.) in order to operate instruments and prepare reports, figures, or web content.
Participate in Departmental initiatives selected in consultation with supervisor.


Requires a Ph.D. in any field of chemistry.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Knowledge of analytical chemistry, statistics, laboratory experimental methods, instrumental methods, and aerosol handling.

Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines and possess flexibility and versatility in order to contribute to evolving work situations;
Ability to work independently;
Ability to work effectively in a team environment;
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Ability to assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in written and oral form and request clarification when needed.
Possess good organizational skills.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to maintain confidentiality of student data.
Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, staff, and students.
Ability to interact positively with diverse personalities and populations.
Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer system for word processing, data processing, and other use.
Proficient ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and visual presentation software;
Ability to speak, write, and understand English.
Ability to supervise one or more personnel.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 40 hours per week; usual work hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus.For more information,

To Apply:

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