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Now accepting postdoc applications in the area of small molecule organic synthesis

Intended start date between September and January 2020

The Ortony Group at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is seeking full-time Postdoctoral Associates to perform organic synthesis of small molecules and to study self-assembly and nanostructure properties.

REQUIREMENTS: A Ph.D. in chemistry with extensive experience performing organic syntheses is preferred, but those with a Ph.D. in related fields (materials science, chemical engineering, etc.) will also be considered. Seeking an individual with a strong knowledge base and technical skills in chemical synthesis, purification, and characterization of small amphiphilic molecules. Candidates should have experience in designing and characterizing systems that undergo molecular self-assembly and carrying out nanoscale characterization. We are seeking self-learning and self-driven individuals with a high aptitude for mentorship, multitasking, and communication.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a single PDF file containing: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) two representative publications; and (4) a contact list of pre-notified letter-writers to Please only apply if your research falls in the category of organic chemistry with an emphasis on small molecule synthesis, purification, and chemical characterization.

* We ask for your patience after submitting application materials. We will be processing applications through mid-September 2019. For time-sensitive applications please indicate so in the subject line and explain in the email.

Now accepting MIT graduate students

We are accepting into our research group new graduate students who have been admitted to MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related departments. Those who have an interest in chemical synthesis and/or soft materials characterization are especially encouraged to inquire. For more information please email Prof. Ortony directly at