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University of Colorado PostDoctoral Associate in Boulder, Colorado

PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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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.

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 Lab, under the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) at the University of Colorado Boulder 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. We are primarily interested in reactions that may be performed in fuel cells, batteries, electrolyzers, and electrochemical sensors. Broadly, our approach is to employ molecular-level insights from detailed kinetic analysis, quantum chemical calculations, and spectroscopic observations of reactive species and catalyst structures to discern the chemistry and physics relevant to catalyst performance. These insights enable informed, targeted catalyst synthesis strategies to attain ideal structures and compositions that facilitate desirable transformations. h and

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • 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.


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.

What You Will Need

A successful candidate must be flexible to ensure meeting deliverables for a fast-paced, deadline-oriented project.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Not Confidential)

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 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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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.