Options: Independent Funding, UROP, Work-Study
A couple of research positions are available in the Chen Group in the Department of Chemistry starting in fall 2014. Chen group focuses on using ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy to investigate the structures and properties of soft surfaces and interfaces relevant in both/either biophysics and/or environmental sciences.
All applicants should have a solid background in introductory chemistry and physics, and have received basic training in chemistry laboratory courses (such as CH201, Ch214 or equivalent). The ideal applicant would be willing to commit to one year or more of research. Hours are negotiable, but hours should not be less than eight per week during the school year (to start).
1) Physical chemist/spectroscopist. The major responsibility includes sample preparation/synthesis, spectroscopic measurements (both linear and non-linear spectroscopes), as well as date analysis. Training in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and quantum physics/chemistry, is a plus.
2) System engineer/spectroscopist: The major responsibility is to design and manufacture a flow cell to be integrated to our ultrafast nonlinear spectroscope, and perform spectroscopic measurements using such a device. Experience in lab software (such as AutoCAD, Matlab, Labview,etc) and/or past experience at BU machine shop (http://sif.bu.edu/projects/bu-student-satellite/busat_sif/ ) or similar facilities is a plus.
3) Webmaster: In addition to the major responsibility, we also welcome any students who are interested in designing and maintain our group website.