Postdoctoral Scholar, Nanoscale Microscopy Specialist - Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University School of Arts and Sciences seeks one postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in the laboratory of Prof. Lydia Kisley starting as soon as the candidate is available. The ideal candidate will work at the interface of biophysics and physical/analytical chemistry to image dynamics within nanostructured materials. Overall, the Kisley Lab studies materials using single-molecule microscopy with the goal to advance the single-molecule materials field towards more complex, realistic conditions. More information on the broad focus of the lab can be found at

The candidate will primarily be responsible for working on projects funded by a private foundation, the NSF, and NIH to develop and maintain fluorescence and super-resolution microscopy methods in the lab. The microscopy is applied to understand diffusion within porous materials and chemical redox reactions at metal interfaces. It is required that the candidate will have extensive experience in fluorescence microscopy. Capabilities in image processing in MATLAB, Python, or other C-based programming languages is strongly preferred. It is also ideal if the candidate has experience in ex situ nanoscale microscopy and characterization methods (SEM, EDS, TEM, FIB, etc.).

The candidate will be responsible for working in an interdisciplinary environment with other postdoctoral researchers, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students in the lab and participate in maintaining a strong lab culture within the research group.  Regular responsibilities will be generating data and text for progress reports, manuscripts and grants, participating in weekly meetings, and assisting with training and mentoring of lab members. In addition, the lab will provide career development opportunities for the candidate such as funds for annual national conference travel and support in developing pedagogical skills and grantsmanship, dependent on the candidate’s future career interests. More details about the lab culture and mentoring approach can be found at:

Support for this position is available for 2 years. The salary with be at or above NIH NRSA Stipend Levels, conditional on annual reviews. There is the potential for the position to be extended dependent on funding levels. There is also longer-term potential for promotion to a staff research associate or research assistant professor position dependent on exceptional performance and the candidate’s skills and interest in independent grant writing. The candidate will also be expected to pursue postdoctoral fellowships after the first year, but continuation of support will not be contingent on receiving independent funding. Sponsorship for a visa is available, if required.

The Department of Physics at CWRU is part of a strong community of biophysics and nanoscale research in the Cleveland area. Possibilities to collaborate and network with CWRU’s Department of Chemistry, School of Medicine, Engineering departments, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, among others, exist in this position.

The Kisley Research Group believes that the best research results from working with a diverse team. We foster a sense of community in our group where everyone should feel welcome, respected, and safe. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates, along with those who have taken efforts to improve diversity in STEM. More information on our philosophy can be found at:


The applicant must have a Ph.D. degree in Physical or Analytical Chemistry, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, or a similar field.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, CV, a representative publication in PDF form, and the contact information of three people who could provide recommendations to Interfolio at

Case Western Reserve University strives to maintain a diverse and inclusive work environment. All applicants are protected under Federal law from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age and genetics.

Case Western Reserve provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity by phone at 216.368.3066 or by email at Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.