Catalysis, Photonics, Biomolecules Physics


We’re the Goldsmith Group. We believe that studying chemical and biophysical systems via single-molecule techniques is a profound and absolutely delightful way of doing science. We use single-molecule methods to study chemical reactions such as homogeneous catalysis, biophysical processes such as protein folding, and materials properties such as energetic disorder in photovoltaics. We build instruments, synthesize molecules, fabricate nanophotonic devices, and are trying to make some really exciting new measurements…

Postdoctoral Positions Available in Nanophotonics, Topological Photonics, Low-Temperature Molecular Spectroscopy, Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) for Photonics, and Single-Molecule Biophysics

There are multiple postdoctoral positions available at the intersection of molecular spectroscopy, quantum information science, and photonics. We have recently helped start a new Department of Energy funded center, the Center for Molecular Quantum Transduction, and will be exploring quantum processes in molecules strongly coupled to cavities at low temperatures. Other activities include development of cavity-enhanced single-molecule electronic and vibrational spectroscopies for observing chemical and biochemical reaction dynamics, interfacing of molecules with topological photonic crystals, single-molecule biophysical studies using nanophotonic devices, and development of CVD technologies for producing 3D photonic crystals. (10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02796, 10.1021/acsnano.9b04702, 10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.173901, 10.1021/jacs.8b09149, 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b04211, 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03332, 10.1002/adma.201700037, 10.1038/nphoton.2016.217).

Qualified individuals will have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or other related physical science.  Experience in low-temperature spectroscopy, photonics, electron beam lithography, and CVD instrumentation is particularly desirable but not required. Interested individuals should send a resume to Professor Randall Goldsmith.  Madison, on an isthmus between two lakes, is consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the US, and was even listed among the 5 world’s great university towns by BBC travel.