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CaSTL Postdoctoral Scholar

Recruitment Period

Open September 22nd, 2017 through June 30th, 2018
If you apply to this recruitment by June 30th, 2018, you will have until July 6th, 2018 to complete your application.


Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) has multiple opportunities for research scientists at the Postdoctoral Scholar levels.

Postdocs must have a PhD, and will conduct research under the general oversight of one or more faculty mentors. They are expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

The CaSTL Center is envisioned as a world leader in developing the enabling science and technology to record molecular motions and transformations in real space and time, with ultimate joint space-time resolution of Å-fs, necessary to capture chemistry one bond at a time. In addition to developing the methods, the Center will demonstrate implementations of major impact on chemistry.

CaSTL researchers integrated ultrafast spectroscopy with low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy to explore the ultrafast behavior of single molecules. This collaborative project is directed by a team of professors including Ara Apkarian (Chemistry, UC, Irvine), Wilson Ho (Physics, UC, Irvine), Richard Van Duyne (Chemistry, North Western) and George Schatz (Theory, North Western), Hrvoje Petek (Physics, Pittsburgh). More information on our activities is available at

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and/or ultrafast spectroscopy/microscopy with extensive hands-on experience. The candidate must also possess an ambition to learn more about areas in which they have less expertise. The candidate will carry out research centered in the laboratory of one PI, but also coordinate the activities of multiple graduate students working in each of the PI’s labs. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable, dependent upon performance and available funding.

Interested candidates should upload a CV with two letters of recommendation to AP Recruit (
Postdoctoral Scholar: JPF04302

For questions, please contact

Venkat Bommisetty
Managing Director CaSTL
Phone: 949-824-4560

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Irvine, CA

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