Physical Sciences, optical or laser spectroscopies

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Service Fellowship
Job Institution: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Job Description: 

Service Fellowship Position
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Cincinnati, OH

CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to announce an opening for a Service Fellowship in its Aerosol Science team in the Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD) in Cincinnati, Ohio to conduct research on advanced chemical imaging techniques for particle analysis. Service Fellowships, available to U.S. citizens and non-citizens, are term appointments administered directly by the CDC and offer competitive pay, leave, health and retirement benefits similar to those for federal civil service positions ( The position offers ability to present at scientific conferences, participate in grant writing, develop internal and external collaborations, and provides several opportunities for professional growth.

The position will involve leading studies to investigate application of physical and chemical imaging methods for aerosol analysis. The candidate will investigate several spectroscopic techniques, including Raman Confocal Microscopy, AFM-Raman, Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS), and Optical Photo-thermal Infrared Spectroscopy (OPTIR) techniques for hyperspectral imaging of chemical species in particulate samples. These investigations will address key challenges relating to trace measurement of exposure to airborne nanomaterials and other workplace aerosols. The candidate is expected to regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals.

The successful candidate should have either a Master’s degree or Doctoral degree in either physical sciences, engineering, or mathematics (that includes 24 semester-hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics). A strong background in optical or laser spectroscopies (especially in vibrational techniques such as Raman or infrared spectroscopy) is preferred. Familiarity with aerosol or particle characterization, experience in hands-on analytical instrument design and development, and knowledge of multivariate statistical approaches for spectral analysis is desirable. The candidate should possess excellent written and oral communication skills and demonstrate a strong track record of refereed journal publications.

The Aerosol Science team hosts advanced laboratories to conduct broad spectrum of aerosol science research with access to advanced microscopy, spectroscopy, and aerosol and analytical instrumentation. The campus is located in Cincinnati, OH, one of the top Midwestern cities in the United States, with access to excellent schools, housing, restaurants, entertainment, and cultural activities.

The application should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, 2-3 copies of your most significant publications, and the contact information for three references. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send their application to Dr. Pramod Kulkarni at

NIOSH is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.