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Post-Doctoral Fellow (Ionic Liquids Research)

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Chemistry Department
DATE CLOSES: Application review will begin on 1 November 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


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The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

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The Department of Chemistry at the United States Naval Academy is seeking applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Ionic Liquids Research. A Post-Doctoral Fellow position at the U.S. Naval Academy is available to carry out research under several multi-year DoD funded projects studying the use and application of Ionic Liquids and related systems.  Current focus is directed at the generation of novel bio-materials using ionic liquid based processing methods.  In addition, work on the electrochemical power applications of ionic liquids, evaluation of the physical and structural characterization of ionic liquid and related electrolytes, and the evaluation of novel alternative fuel systems is also possible. 

This position will entail carrying out state-of-the-art research under the direction of USNA Chemistry Faculty.  It will involve designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, presenting results at scientific meetings, and writing manuscripts to be submitted to refereed journals.  In addition, the position will involve the mentorship of midshipmen researchers.

This is a non-tenure track civil service position.  The position includes office space, computer facilities, library privileges, conference travel support, health benefits, and a competitive salary.  The position is currently open, and the starting date is negotiable.  The position is guaranteed for one year, and it is renewable for up to 4 years.  



  • Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, polymer science or related field 
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens 


  • Experience with biomaterial processing and modification
  • Familiarity with the synthesis and characterization of ionic liquids 


All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


  1. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and research interests, their curriculum vitae, and a list of three references.  All application materials should be emailed to Prof. Paul Trulove, at

  2. Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2017 but the position will remain open until filled.  

Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position.

Announcement: CHEM-17-18-2

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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