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  Postdoctoral Positions Available  


Subject: Postdoc in Surface Reaction Dynamics using UHV-STM

A postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Ian Harrison at the Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia (UVa). The research project is aimed at characterizing the transition states of catalytically important, activated gas-surface reactions on metals with high spatial resolution. In short, to characterize reactivity locally at the “active sites” of catalysis. The research will employ effusive molecular beams and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to define reactive transition state properties at step sites and terrace sites on single crystal metal surfaces. Related work is discussed in,

"Using Effusive Molecular Beams and Microcanonical Unimolecular Rate Theory to Characterize CH 4 Dissociation on Pt(111)," J. Phys. Chem. B . 110 , 6705-6713 (2006).

Further information is available at the research group website, .

Prospective candidates should have ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) experience, be familiar with basic surface science techniques, and ideally have experience with UHV-STM and/or molecular beams. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics or a related field is required. The position is available immediately for a duration of one year, annually renewable for up to two additional years upon mutual agreement. The position includes a competitive salary and benefits. UVa postdoc employment details are available at, . Charlottesville , Va is widely considered to be great place to live, .

Interested candidates should apply by sending a CV and the names and contact information for 3 references to . Review of applications will begin Oct. 15th but the position will remain open until filled. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly committed to building diversity within its community.


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