Post Doctoral Researcher--Chemistry

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution University of South Dakota
Working Title Post Doctoral Researcher--Chemistry
Posting Number NFE00052P
Department USD-Chemistry
Physical Location of Position (City) Vermillion
Posting Text

A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in Dr. Bess Vlaisavljevich’s research group in the Chemistry Department of the University of South Dakota. This position involves research in the area of computational chemistry and will focus on the study of molecules and materials with complex electronic structure for applications in heavy element chemistry, information storage/electronic devices, catalysis, and environmental sensors. The postdoctoral scholar will perform calculations using a variety of computational methods with emphasis in multiconfigurational wave function based methods, density functional theory, and molecular simulations (Monte Carlo and potentially some molecular dynamics). The ideal applicant will have significant experience in one or more of these areas with an interest to gain expertise in other methodologies and apply them to challenging systems. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to perform independent research, mentor junior group members, present work at scientific meetings, and prepare scientific publications. Through this position, the postdoctoral researcher will gain skills in modeling complex electronic structure beyond DFT, combining quantum chemistry with molecular simulations (Monte Carlo), collaborating with both computational and experimental groups, and opportunities for professional development.

Supported by Chemistry Department, the University of South Dakota, and the South Dakota Board of Regents, Dr. Vlaisavljevich’s computational laboratory has access to USD’s high-performance computational resources (e.g. Lawrence Supercomputer) and a variety of quantum chemical software packages.

Required Qualifications
PhD degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or closely related field
A strong background in computational chemistry
Strong track record of scientific productivity as well as experience in managing several projects simultaneously
Proven publication track record
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in collaboration.

Review of applications will begin February 20th, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The initial appointment is funded for two years, and continuation after the initial two years is subject to funding and performance.

Applicants must apply online at by submitting a CV and letter of interest. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Bess Vlaisavljevich at

Posting Date 12/12/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/20/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
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Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays
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Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota. Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply. The University of South Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  2. Curriculum Vitae
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