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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Holewinski lab group seeks a postdoctoral researcher with experience in electrochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, and/or analytical chemistry. A successful candidate must be flexible to ensure meeting deliverables for a fast-paced, deadline-oriented project. The ideal start date for this position is January 1, 2023.

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 Holewinski Research Group is focused on efficient, renewable, and environmentally benign catalytic processes for the production of energy, as well as commodity and fine chemicals. We have particular interest in electrochemical routes—i.e. the direct interconversion between electrical energy and the energy of chemical bonds. These processes are particularly suited to utilize power from renewables like wind and solar and can generally operate at higher efficiency and in numerous cases also provide access to different product selectivity than their thermochemical counterparts. Emphasis is placed on fundamental characterization of interactions between molecules and (electro)catalytic surfaces to understand reaction mechanisms for the design and optimization of next-generation catalysts.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Specific job responsibilities will include:

  • Design and implementation of reactors for electrocatalytic transformation of small organic molecules and integration of analytical methods including infrared and Raman spectroscopy.
  • Development of multi-phase product analysis protocols using gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
  • Synthesis of materials and characterization by electron microscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, and related techniques.
  • Supervision, training, and mentoring of student research personnel.
  • Development of new, synergistic research directions for the group.
  • General laboratory maintenance, safety, and procurement tasks.
  • Exhibiting a strong commitment to rigorous and detailed hypothesis-driven investigation.

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 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

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or closely related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing how your goals, skills, and experience fit the core responsibilities of 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.

Position will remain posted until filled.

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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