Duke University, Department of Chemistry

Position ID:Duke-Department of Chemistry-BJW_AIR [#23820]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Chemistry / Materials Chemistry
Appl Deadline:2022/12/07 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2022/11/22, finished 2023/02/06)
Position Description:    

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About us:

Duke University is a world-renowned research institution with 2 recent Nobel prize laureates. Currently, we are looking for an Associate in Research with expertise in chemistry to participate in a research programs in the areas of nanostructure synthesis, water electrolysis, and machine learning.


The candidate for this position will be a highly motivated individual with experience working in a chemistry laboratory and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering.

Required qualifications include (1) US citizenship, (2) good verbal and written communication skills, (3) some previous work experience (it doesn’t have to be in chemistry-related field, but that is a plus), (4) ability to work full-time.

Job description:

The Associate in Research will apply his/her/their technical skills toward development and implementation of nanostructure synthesis in order to meet the research sponsor’s product requirements. Ideally, the Associate in Research will apply design of experiments and/or machine learning methods to arrive at optimal reaction conditions. The Associate in Research may also develop novel electrodes for electrolytic conversion of water to hydrogen, and the ideal reactor configuration to maximize hydrogen production. He/she/they will work in association with the Professor Benjamin Wiley in the department of Chemistry in a thriving research environment where he/she will be able to interact with other researchers. This appointment will allow for improving the candidate’s research skills as well as becoming familiar with nanostructure synthesis, machine learning, and water electrolysis.

Career development benefits:

Duke University is committed to mentoring and supporting young investigators. It offers multiple professional development seminars on topics including preparation of grant applications, academic promotion, presentation skills, writing, alternative career paths and other topics that will prepare the Associate in Research for the future career in academia or industry. Dr. Wiley’s laboratory has a strong track record of publications by the trainees and the trainees of the Wiley lab have found strong positions after completing their time in the lab including faculty positions at leading institutions.


Candidates should send a brief (up to 200 words) cover letter describing why they are a good match for this position and when is the soonest date that they could start the appointment. The applications should also include a CV (including any publications), and names and contact information of three references. The applications and/or any additional questions regarding the position should be sent via e-mail to:

Benjamin Wiley, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Duke University
e-mail: Benjamin.wiley@duke.edu

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Further Info:
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Department of Chemistry
Duke University
Box 90347
Durham, NC 27708-0347