Another Postdoc at CalTech/JPL

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[b]The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applicants to apply for a postdoctoral research position at JPL[/b] in the Analytical Chemistry and Materials Development branch of the Mechanical Systems Engineering and Research Division.

The research will assist in the development of novel sol-gel synthesis processes to fabricate non-silicate-based aerogels that are capable of withstanding exposure to high temperatures (>1000C) and volatile metal vapors such as Ge, P, B and Sb. A separate, but closely related project will seek to develop a methodology to characterize sublimation suppression of these metal vapors.

Candidates should have a recent Ph.D. in materials science or chemistry with a strong background in experimental research. The position requires thorough familiarity with sol-gel chemistry, supercritical fluid extraction and methods of characterizing aerogel, e.g. BET, FTiR, Raman, TGA-DSC. The aerogel will primarily serve as a metal vapor sublimation barrier, thus the applicant must posses experience with weight loss and Knudsen Cell-like experiments. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently, propose and lead small R&D projects is also desired. [b]The appointment is contingent upon evidence of completion of a Ph.D.[/b]

[b]The annual starting salary for a recent Ph.D. is approximately US$48,500 and can vary somewhat according to the applicant’s qualifications[/b].

[b]Postdoctoral scholars positions are awarded for a one-year period. Appointments may be renewed in one-year increments for a maximum addition of two years.[/b] The appointments are expected to begin early in 2004.

Please send a letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references (with telephone numbers and postal and e-mail addresses) to Dr. Jeff Sakamoto, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, MS 277/207, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109-8099 USA; or E-mail:

[b]Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. Women, minoritites, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.[/b]