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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The job will involve studying the etching of thin films using thermal atomic layer etching (ALE).  In particular, the project will focus on the identification of etch products during thermal ALE using quadrupole mass spectrometry.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder emphasizes knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, including atomic and molecular theory, the states of matter and reactivities and properties of chemical substances. Students study the basic subfields of chemistry, such as organic, physical, analytical, and inorganic chemistry, all while developing the mathematical skills to understand fundamental chemical relationships and to manipulate experimental data. Graduates also learn safe chemical practices, including handling waste, safety equipment, assembling chemical apparatus and designing experiments.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Study gas phase reaction products during thermal atomic layer etch (ALE) reactions.  Utilize a new apparatus designed to study etch products employing a reaction chamber, a molecular beam expansion region and a differentially-pumped quadrupole mass spectrometer.  Develop an understanding of etch products for various etchants under various reaction conditions.  Interact with the industrial sponsor of this project on conference calls that occur every month.  Prepare slides in advance of these conference calls for useful discussion.  Interact with etching team including graduate students and other postdocs to discuss results and various issues regarding etching.

What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary for this position is $46,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Chemistry or related field (materials science, engineering, or physics) is required.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Three or more years laboratory experience in vacuum science and technology and a strong track record of research.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for at least one reference and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until February 1, 2022.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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