Iowa State University 2018 Spedding Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa

Special Instructions

Special Instructions Summary

Posting Details

Posting Number 700235

Working Title 2018 Spedding Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ames Laboratory

Advertised Employing Department Ames Laboratory

Appointment Type Post Doctoral

Base of Employment D - Post Doctoral

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Pay Frequency Monthly

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible

Proposed End Date or Length of Term

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Ames Laboratory is a world leader in the synthesis and exploration of novel materials ranging from superconductors and quantum matter to materials for catalysis and additive manufacturing. As a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory located on the campus of Iowa State University, we offer a diverse, collaborative, innovative working environment that excels at cutting-edge materials research.

The Spedding Postdoctoral Fellowship honors Dr. Frank Spedding, Ames Laboratory’s first Director. The Spedding Fellowship is a prestigious award that provides an exceptional opportunity for recent Ph.D. recipients of outstanding talent and ability to pursue their own research directions in support of our scientific objectives in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment that aims for excellence in science. Current experimental or theoretical research topics that will be considered include: novel synthesis techniques for crystalline matter, strongly correlated materials, novel superconductors, topological and quantum materials, catalysts, and bio-inspired materials.

The Spedding Fellowship provides a continued path to excellence while furthering the Ames Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy scientific missions. Spedding Fellows work under the guidance and mentorship of Ames Laboratory senior scientists. Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to discuss their intended research proposal with potential Ames Laboratory mentors with whom they would like to work. While not guaranteed, our intent is to select accomplished individuals who will qualify for permanent scientific staff positions at Ames Laboratory upon completion of the appointment.

Required Education and Experience

• Ph.D. in a relevant field completed no more than 3 years prior to start date • Experience in one or more of the following areas: novel synthesis techniques for crystalline matter, strongly correlated materials, novel superconductors, topological and quantum materials, catalysts, and bio-inspired materials

Preferred Education and Experience

• Prior work experience in a research environment • A strong record of publications and presentations • A record of awards and honors • Experience working with a collaborative, multidisciplinary team

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Department/Program & College Description

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Meredith Williams

Department Contact Phone 515-294-2680

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

Key Selection Criteria: Interview and selection will be based on alignment with our strategic scientific initiatives, proposed research, record of publications/presentations, demonstrated excellence in communication, and referee recommendation.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit: 1) A cover letter which briefly describes research experience, career objectives, and the reason this specific research would benefit by working at Ames Laboratory; 2) A current C.V.; 3) A two-page research proposal of the work proposed to be undertaken as part of the fellowship; and, 4) The names and contact information of three academic or research referees, to:

Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/04/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Postdoc Research Associate - 0100


Job Category Post Doctoral