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This Research Scientist II is expected to independently evaluate, select, and apply scientific techniques and procedures to conduct research in the field of inorganic chemistry under the guidance of Professor Julie Kovacs. This position will focus on ongoing work in synthetic inorganic chemistry, establishing mechanisms using kinetics, and spectroscopic characterization. The incumbent will rely on their education and applicable experience to exercise judgment and make modifications to procedures or techniques to produce and interpret publication quality scientific data.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities
Synthesize small molecules using anaerobic techniques.
Collect and analyze kinetics data to establish mechanisms of biologically important reactions.
Characterize intermediates using spectroscopic methods in addition to the optimization of structures most consistent with spectroscopic parameters using density function theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT calculations.
Independently evaluate, troubleshoot, and apply ideas and standard scientific procedures and techniques. Consult Professor Kovacs regarding unusual problems and developments.
Laboratory Administration (10%)
Provide leadership and mentorship to undergraduate students in the lab.
Monitor the work to assure that technical tasks and projects are completed in a timely manner.
Participate in the preparation of new grant and contract proposals to secure research funding, including assessment of cost, scope, and schedule of projects.
Participate in the acquisition, management, and installation of equipment and/or devices relevant to current and upcoming research projects.
Coordinate and collaborate with team members within and outside the University on ongoing projects, taking the lead as appropriate on primary projects and within area of expertise. Participate in regular group meetings.
Follow all lab safety regulations and work safely. Receive all necessary safety training and maintain active training certifications.
Presentation of Results (10%)
Participate in the preparation of papers, presentations, and other scholarly reports. Present findings at scientific conferences, technical meetings, and presentations for research sponsors.
Participate in the preparation of project reports. Write about research contributions and edit material written by coworkers, especially contributions by more junior researchers, colleagues, and collaborators.
Perform other related duties as needed (5%)
Perform other related duties as needed.
Minimum Requirements Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, with at least 2-3 years of relevant and progressive experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Desired Qualifications Ph.D. in chemistry, preferably with additional 2-3 years of laboratory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience writing and presenting work with MS Office or comparable software. Demonstrated creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in conducting scholarly research.
Conditions of Employment May require some work outside of normal working hours to meet specific deadlines.
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