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PhD Position in materials chemistry / luminescent nanomaterials)

Research Group of Prof. Tomasz Grzyb, Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Two PhD positions in the research project related to materials science are available from March 2024. The project’s primary goal is to synthesize and characterize nanohybrids (nanocomposites) connecting two phenomena: upconversion luminescence and long-lasting luminescence in a single material. The student will use hydro/solvothermal methods and synthesis in high-temperature boiling solvents; therefore, a background in chemistry is necessary. The project enables the implementation of untypical concepts and can be an excellent field for those who are not afraid of unconventional synthesis methods. Experience in spectroscopic characterization is not required – the group members will train the student.

Tomasz Grzyb (tgrzyb@amu.edu.pl) in case you have any questions.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanoscience and Biological Imaging

Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab, and University of California San Francisco

Work with nanoscientists, protein engineers, and biomedical imaging specialists at UCSF and the Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab to design, synthesize and characterize antibody-nanocrystal assemblies for the ultrasensitive optical detection of cancer cells during surgery. Synthesize upconverting nanoparticles and develop bioconjugation technologies for stable attachment of antibodies to nanocrystal surfaces, and help characterize these with novel microscale imagers. This appointment is in the Molecular Foundry laboratory of Dr. Bruce Cohen (Berkeley Lab) with close collaboration with Mekhail Anwar (UCSF/Berkeley) and Charly Craik (UCSF).

Send a CV and cover letter with background and interests to becohen@lbl.gov.

Ph.D. with a background in synthetic chemistry (organic, nano, or biochemical), such as: chemical biology, protein engineering, materials science, or a related discipline. This is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary, NIH-funded project with room for growth into new areas, so there is no need for expertise in all areas of the project. Good team communication skills are important.


Graduate Position in Materials Chemistry / Lanthanide-Based Materials

Research Group of Dr. Eva Hemmer, Dep. of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa (ON), Canada

A graduate position is immediately available in the HemmerLab (www.hemmerlab.com) at the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada. The research focuses on the synthesis of lanthanide-based nanomaterials, optimization of the optical properties (upconversion, near-infrared emission), establishment of structure-property relationships and their potential application as imaging probes or devices. This includes, but is not limited to microwave-assisted synthesis, optical characterization (photoluminescence spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging), structural analysis (e.g., TEM, XRD), and application-specific assessments.

Eva Hemmer (ehemmer@uottawa.ca) in case you have any questions.

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