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Project Scientist - Chemistry - Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 1, 2019
Title Project Scientist - Chemistry - Department of Chemistry
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 8/30/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Chemistry - General
    Chemistry - Inorganic
Recruitment Period

Open date: July 31st, 2019

Next review date: Friday, Aug 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Aug 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Project Scientist (Assistant (I-VI), Associate (I-V), or Full (I - IX)), working at 50% time with an expected start date of September 2019.

About the UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry - Jeffrey Long Group:

Research in the Long Group focuses on the design and controlled synthesis of novel inorganic materials and molecules toward the fundamental understanding of new physical phenomena, with applications in magnetism, conductivity, catalysis, molecular separations, and gas storage. We employ a range of physical methods to analyze and characterize our materials comprehensively, including by SQUID magnetometry, X-ray and neutron diffraction, various spectroscopic techniques, and gas adsorption analysis. For more information about the Long Group and a full list of publications, please visit the group website (

Position Description:
Working closely with Prof. Jeffrey Long, the primary responsibilities of this position will be to make significant contributions in the training, development, and advisement of group members, and exploring the challenges related to synthesizing new molecule-based magnets.

The Project Scientist duties include:

  • Designing and synthesizing molecule-based magnets, including single-molecule magnets, single-chain magnets, and framework-based bulk magnets.
  • Designing and synthesizing network-based materials for applications in quantum information science, in particular targeting materials that encapsulate correlated electronic spin-based qubits.
  • Designing and synthesizing nuclear magnetic resonance probes capable of sensing changes in physiologically relevant properties such as temperature, pH, redox potential, and metal ion concentration.
  • Extensively characterizing the above materials using SQUID magnetometry, X-ray diffraction, electrical conductivity, and spectroscopic techniques including Mssbauer, EPR, NMR, and optical spectroscopies.
  • Working closely with group members to train them in experimental practices, scientific writing, and presentation of their findings.
  • Maintaining active knowledge and familiarity with research ongoing in the Long Group and relevant literature to best mentor group members as described above.
  • Coordinating the composition of proposals to funding agencies, including assisting with seeking new funding opportunities as needed.
  • Coordinating the dissemination of collaborative research with various groups at UC Berkeley and with external research groups, including manuscript preparation and formal reporting to various funding agencies as needed.
  • Assisting the principal investigator in the mentorship of graduate and undergraduate researchers, writing articles for publication in scholarly journals, and presenting research findings at meetings and conferences.

Basic Qualifications:

Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

PhD or equivalent international degree by the start of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Broad background in materials and inorganic chemistry, including, but not limited to, the synthesis and characterization of molecules and extended solids for applications in areas such as molecular magnetism
  • 7+ years of directly relevant experience after completion of PhD
  • Ability to work independently
  • Extensive experience in the direct supervision of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers
  • Extensive experience in scientific writing and editing
  • A strong record in publishing research articles in a relevant area of science
  • Success in obtaining independent research grants

The full-time salary rate range for this part-time (50%) position is $57,400 - $158,400 per year plus benefits.

The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit:

To apply, please visit:

Applicants are required to provide only contact information for a minimum of three (3) references at the time of application. It is optional to provide more than three (3) references up to a maximum of five (5) total references.

This position will be open until filled.

Diversity Statement:
The Department of Chemistry is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Family Friendly Statement:
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Please address inquires to Darryl San Pedro at

Job location Berkeley, CA Requirements

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