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Research Technician

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs, Other

We seek applicants for a research technician position to conduct research on the self-assembly and characterization of crystalline framework materials. The position will involve application of benchtop chemistry and materials science tools. The successful applicant will work with Professors Smith and Arslan to study the crystallization of porous polymeric solids with incorporated host-guest complexes. The structure will be compared to theoretical predictions and its sensitivity to reaction conditions will be established. The successful candidate will prepare and isolate crystalline powders and evaluate them using powder X-ray diffraction. In addition, they will perform essential procedures for the lab including preparation of solutions, lab organization, and ordering. Basic chemistry methods, willingness to learn new techniques, and computer literacy are essential. Familiarity with solid-state characterizations and/or organic synthesis, excellent organizational skills, and effective communication skills are preferred.

Interview process will be conducted remotely. Review of applications will begin on July 30 and position will remain open until filled. Ideal start date is August 17.

Typically requires: a Bachelor's degree or higher in chemistry or a related field with one year of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

This is a fixed term appointment funded for three months from date of hire. Additional month(s) may be added based on funding.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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