Open Positions

Undergraduate Student Assistant

Undergraduate students (sophomore or junior) who have an A- or better grade in chemistry classes or chemical engineering classes are encouraged to contact Prof. Nguyen for a research internship and/or an Honor’s Thesis project. The undergrads in our lab are valued members. Our undergrads are given opportunities to conduct their own research projects and/or play important roles helping senior members. Our undergrad alumni have been very successful with publishing peer-reviewed papers (as first authors and co-authors), presenting their results at conferences, winning research awards (from UCD and the ACS) and moving on to graduate school, professional schools, or permanent jobs in industry.

We have undergraduate research opportunities in: (1) chemistry in the air, cloud/fog droplets, aerosol particles, (2) chemistry and toxicology of electronic cigarettes, (3) instrumental analysis using gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry, or (4) atmospheric chamber research (chemistry + engineering).

Graduate Students and Postdocs

OPEN POSITION: Analytical Chemistry of Vaping Postdoctoral Researcher  
Department of Environmental Toxicology – UC Davis
Application review begin date: Immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
Start dates: Negotiable

The Nguyen lab at UC Davis is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher with expertise in Analytical Chemistry. The project is focused on quantifying the chemical compounds present in gases and particle mixtures from vaping (e-cigarette) and other emissions. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundation in chemistry, with emphasis on using chromatography (GC and HPLC) and mass spectrometry (ESI-MS, CIMS) to quantify various analytes in complex mixtures. Experience with high-resolution mass spectrometry, vaping, or aerosol complex mixtures is a plus. The postdoc will be responsible for developing instrument protocols, collecting and extracting gas/particle samples, data analyses, and communicating the project findings via presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
The appointment is for one-year, renewable for at least two years subject to satisfactory progress.

• A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical/Environmental Engineering, or related field
• Experience method development using GC and HPLC
• Experience with sample preparation (filtration, extraction, etc.)
• Experience with standard calibration procedures
• Experience with mass spectrometry analysis and interpretation
• Strong communication skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively
• Strong attention to detail, evidenced by prior research.
The following qualifications are desirable, but not required:
• Experience with gaseous and/or particle mixtures
• Experience with e-cigarette or vaping research
• Experience with high-resolution mass spectrometry

Starting salary is $60,000 with full benefits.