Postdoctoral Researcher

at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, United States

Job Description


Job Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher



Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

80% – Design/execute research (data acquisition, analysis, manuscript preparation, presentations, etc.)

+ Conduct theoretical and computational chemistry research on the reactivity of the hydrated electron

+ Computational Methods: ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, development of machine learning, and reaction rate theory and modeling

+ Research: Project design, execution of calculations, data analysis, publishing research results in scientific journals, and presenting research results at scientific meetings

10% – Student mentoring

+ Mentoring graduate and undergraduate research student and active participation in regular meetings.

10% – Professional development

+ Pursue professional development opportunities that benefits career goals.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



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Work Schedule:

9 am – 5 pm, M-F

FLSA Status:


Conditions of Employment:

Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

Contact Information to Applicants:

Ward Thompson, , 785-864-3980

Limited Term End Date:


Required Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field.

NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed 6-months.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:




Preferred Qualifications:

1. Completion of Ph.D. within the last three years

2. Experience in molecular dynamics

3. Experience in computer programming

4. Interest in mentoring students

Position Overview:

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kansas seeks to fill a postdoctoral research position in theoretical chemistry, working in the group of Professor Ward Thompson.

STARTING DATE: September 1, 2024 (negotiable)

LENGTH OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for one year with possibility of renewal annually subject to mutual agreement and continued grant funding.

GENERAL DUTIES: The successful candidate will develop and use molecular simulation techniques to study the reaction dynamics and mechanisms of the hydrated electron.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete application will include a cover letter and a resume. Apply online and submit a letter describing your qualifications for this position. Only complete applications will be considered.

+ Review of applications begins on May 27, 2024 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

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Work Location Assignment:


Position Requirements:

The work location is on-site at: 3190 Gray-Little Hall, Lawrence, KS

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Job Posting: JC259954876

Posted On: May 17, 2024

Updated On: Jun 20, 2024

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