Postdoc position in Sun Lab, School of Science

Category: Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: SS

Location: Yungu, Hangzhou, CN

Employment Type: Full-time

Introduction of the Lab/ Research Field

The Sun Lab is interested in molecular quantum devices and quantum information. We focus on designing molecular materials to study fundamental quantum phenomena and using devices to realize molecular quantum manipulation. Research areas include:

1. Examine transport properties of 2D metal-organic frameworks and their van der Waals heterostructures to gain insight into fundamental quantum phenomena.

2. Develop quantum sensors with molecular electron spin qubits and explore their applications in energy storage devices and biological systems.

3. Fabricate single-molecule devices applicable for spintronics and quantum information science.

We are dedicated to creating a psychologically safe, open-communicating, independent, and helpful laboratory environment that encourages lab members to learn interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, enjoy research, and innovate with curiosity, courage, resilience, and perseverance. Our goal is to cultivate young talents to achieve personal growth, articulate career plan, and appreciate the “DAO” of science.

Lei Sun was born in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. He attended School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Nanjing University in 2007 for undergraduate education. He joined Prof. Jinglin Zuo's Laboratory in 2009 to conduct undergraduate research and worked with Prof. Kim R. Dunbar at Texas A&M University — College Station as an exchange student in the summers of 2009 and 2010. After receiving the B.S. degree in 2011, he went to Department of Chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Prof. Mircea Dincă for doctoral thesis. In 2017, he graduated with the Ph.D. degree, and then performed postdoctoral research with Prof. Danna E. Freedman in Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. In 2019, he moved to Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory to work with Dr. Tijana Rajh as a Maria Goeppert Mayer Fellow; meanwhile, he attended Master of Computer Science program at Georgia Institute of Technology with the focus on computer perception and robotics as well as machine learning. In November 2021, he joined the School of Science at Westlake University as an assistant professor to start his independent academic career.

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Job Description

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (2)


1) Strongly motivated, optimistic, responsible, ethical, good at team-working.

2) Capable of conducting research independently; courageous to learn and explore new research areas.

3) Good Chinese and English communication skills.

4) Applicants with the following research background will be considered with priority:

    a. Synthesis as well as electrical, magnetic, and optical characterization of coordination complexes or metal-organic frameworks.

    b. Fabrication and characterization of organic field-effect transistors or organic light-emitting diodes.

    c. Synthesis of two-dimensional materials and characterization of their transport properties.

    d. Fabrication and characterization of single-molecule devices or spintronic devices.

    e. Quantum information science based on superconducting qubits, semiconductor quantum dots, or nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond.

    f. Design and development of autonomous scientific instruments.

5) Applicants proficient in the following skills will also be considered with priority:

    a. Air-free synthesis with Schlenk techniques and gloveboxes.

    b. Pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    c. Electrical, magnetic, and optical measurements in high-vacuum and low-temperature environment based on dilution refrigerators, probe stations and cryostats equipped with superconducting magnets.

    d. Micro/nano fabrication.

    e. Machine learning, computer perception, and robotics.

Other requirements:

Having obtained or about to obtain a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physics, material science, computer science or other relevant majors; aged under 35.

Compensation and Benefits

The research team offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. Applications for relevant projects and programs will be encouraged and supported.

Postdoc(s) selected for China Postdoctoral Science Foundation or Zhejiang Province Selected Funding for Postdoctoral Research Projects will be entitled to further receive a supporting fund of the same amount from the Hangzhou municipal government.

Postdoc(s) who work in Hangzhou on a full-time basis after completing their postdoctoral research will be eligible for applying an allowance of 400,000RMB from the Hangzhou municipal government.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following documents in English in PDF format to, and indicate “Postdoc Application + Name” in the email subject.

1) CV

2) Statement of research experience and interests (maximum 3 pages)

3) 2 reference letters

4) Doctoral Degree Certificate