Cornell University, CLASSE

Position ID:Cornell-CLASSE-PIPOXSPOSTDOC [#23155, PIPOXS postdoc]
Position Title: PIPOXS postdoc
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Materials Science
Physics / Chemistry
Appl Deadline:2022/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/10/05, listed until 2023/03/26)
Position Description:    

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Post-doctoral Associate at CHESS 

 The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate interested in using advanced x-ray spectroscopy to study chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and catalysis. This position is based at the Photon-in photon-out X-ray spectroscopy (PIPOXS) beamline and focuses on using x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to answer questions in chemical catalysis. Successful candidates will be expected to work both collaboratively and independently on research projects and toward developing and expanding beamline capabilities—including methods for sample delivery and data processing / analysis. Candidates will also help in supporting the user program at PIPOXS. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal on a yearly basis with satisfactory performance and funding availability for an additional two years. 

- A PhD in physics, chemistry, biophysics, or comparable fields 
- Record of impactful scientific publications 
- Desire to work in a multidisciplinary research environment, interacting with researchers at all levels, including students and facility users 
- Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal 

- Experience using x-ray absorption and/or emission spectroscopy 
- Experience with advanced instrumentation at synchrotron lightsource facilities 
- Experience performing quantum chemical calculations, e.g. DFT 
- Programming experience, particularly in Python and SPEC 

Located on an Ivy League university campus in picturesque upstate New York, CHESS serves a world-wide community of materials researchers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. It is a National Science Foundation-supported research center dedicated to novel studies in the materials, biological, and engineering sciences and to developing novel x-ray technology and has a strong service and team-oriented environment.

Applications should be submitted at  and should include a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Applicants must arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded, as per instructions on the academicjobsonline website. For information about the position, contact Dr. Chris Pollock at

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New hires are required to provide documentation showing primary vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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Further Info:
134 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853