Postdoctoral Research Fellow

About the Opportunity:

Professor Mariam Ismail at the University of Massachusetts Boston is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The group’s research is at the intersection of solid-state inorganic chemistry, materials science, and engineering. The overarching goal of our research is to find alternative means for harvesting solar energy. Harvesting of solar energy for photocatalysis has been recognized as a powerful approach for chemical transformations to meet energy and environmental demands in a sustainable way.


The primary responsibility of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow is to conduct research, advance the research activities, and produce publishable data. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow is also expected to write research papers, present research at meetings, contribute to research proposals, manage research data, and assist in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.                             


  • PhD in Chemistry (physical inorganic, solid-state inorganic, etc.) or Materials Science.
  • Strong experience in the synthesis and characterization of photocatalytic heterostructures.
  • Experience in photothermal catalytic gas phase reaction is a plus.
  • Experience in chemical reaction mechanism studies.
  • Ability to present research results in scientific journals, international meetings, and to non-scientific audience is a must.
  • Professional fluency in English.
  • Motivated, open-minded, highly dynamic, and capable of working independently as well as in a team.

How to Apply:

Applications should contain a cover letter briefly describing the candidate’s research experience and interests, a full CV with a publication list, Ph.D. completion date, and the names and contact information for three references who might be contacted for recommendations. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should e-mail their application to Professor Ismail at

The position will be available immediately and will remain open until filled. The initial appointment is for one year, with the potential for extension depending on regular progress evaluation and continuation of funding.

Graduate Research Students

Interested students are  encouraged to contact Professor Ismail by email to learn more about ongoing research activities in our group.