Research Specialist II

Princeton University

United States

September 18, 2021


Research Specialist II

Requisition # 2021-13347

Date Posted 16 hours ago(9/13/2021 10:27 AM)




 Research and Laboratory

Job Type


Name of Lab

 Scholes Lab

Application Deadline


The Department of Chemistry is looking for a Research Specialist with skills in ultrafast spectroscopy for operating, maintaining, and leading research projects that require ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The theme of the research is understanding light driven processes occurring on the femtosecond to millisecond timescales in a broad range of sample types from biological, solid state, and chemical reactions. A main specific output is to elucidate reaction mechanisms using transient absorption spectroscopy.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

This is a one year term position, with consideration for a second year with continued funding and satisfactory performance.

  • Training of individuals on the user of a commercial ultrafast transient absorption system
  • General maintenance of lab equipment such as: MBruan glovebox, Coherent Libra, PTI fluorimeter, and Agilent Cary 6000i, Agilent 8453, Oxford cryostat, and CTI-Cryogenics Helium compressor
  • Troubleshooting issues with malfunctioning equipment which may arise from failed components and software
  • Analysis of transient absorption data using kinetic modeling and global fitting algorithms
  • Collaborating with individuals and groups using spectroscopic analysis to help facilitate an understanding of the system being studied and to devise new applications for ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Qualifications
  • Candidate must have a proven track record of publications in fields related to ultrafast spectroscopy and analysis of kinetic data using global analysis
  • Proven track record of collaboration
  • Experience in handling samples that can be oxygen and water sensitive and conducting low temperature (<77K) spectroscopy measurements
  • Experience in maintenance and aligning of Coherent Libra Ti:Sapphire laser system and Coherent OPERA Solo
  • Experience in ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy in both the visible and mid-IR range and use of Ultrafast systems visible Helios and EOS system and Ultrafast systems mid-IR Helios and EOS systems
  • Experience in interfacing multiple pieces of instrumentation using the Labview programming language
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

    Standard Weekly Hours


    Eligible for Overtime


    Benefits Eligible


    Probationary Period

    90 days

    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


    Estimated Appointment End Date


    Comments Related to End Date

    Second year may be considered with satisfactory performance and continued funding

    Physical Capacity Exam Required


    Valid Driver's License Required



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