University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

2228 17003
Position ID:UofC-PME-POSTDOC [#17003]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States [map]
Subject Area: Engineering / Polymer Chemistry
Appl Deadline:none (listed until 2021/03/28)
Position Description:    

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The Postdoctoral Scholar will carry out research on a NSF-funded project on developing integrated silicon photonics based sensors for point-of-interest soil micronutrient detection. Accurate and reliable measurement of soil nitrates using in-situ sensors is an unsolved problem today with major implications for environmental science, agriculture and soil science. Nitrate containing fertilizers are overused globally in large part because it has been difficult to assess soil nitrate concentrations with high geospatial resolution. This has led to major pollution of global waterways and damage to marine ecology. Development of affordable and accurate nitrate sensors enable effective nitrate management. Our group has developed an integrated silicon photonics platform for various sensing applications, and the candidate will be primarily responsible for developing this platform in conjunction with functionalized materials for analyte specificity and selectivity.

Applicants with a Ph.D. degree from a range of areas including Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry are welcomed. Hands-on experience in nanofabrication and surface modification/functionalization are required. Familiarity with polymer chemistry, peptide synthesis, measurement and computing software, and optical characterization is a plus. Semiconductor and cleanroom processing expertise is desired but not necessary. However, the candidate should be willing to learn cleanroom fabrication techniques and photonic device design techniques in order to be able to build and test her/his devices. We seek in particular a candidate who is interested in a multi-disciplinary approach to applied research. The immediate research, while focused on nitrate sensing, is applicable towards developing silicon photonic platform-based sensors with a broad range of applications.

The research will be carried out at both laboratories, Argonne National Labs and at the University of Chicago and will provide the opportunity to work with scientists at both locations.

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