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Cluster Hires in Carbon Electronics

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University welcomes two faculty at any rank to expand the interdisciplinary cluster on Carbon Electronics. The Carbon Electronics Cluster seeks to transform energy and quantum science applications using emerging molecular, organic and hybrid materials and their devices. The Cluster is committed to achieving this aim through interdisciplinary integration of research, education, engagement, and entrepreneurship.

The current 20 clusters have been selected on these important criteria:

  • Ability to achieve national eminence in proposed topic
  • Alignment with university strategic priorities
  • Demonstration of real interdisciplinarity
  • Potential to build on an existing university strength (or strength of the existing assets) Opportunity for faculty to engage in both research and teaching of proposed topic
  • Ability to attract funding
  • Commitment to share resources and physical infrastructure
  • Commitment to interdisciplinarity and collaboration among multiple colleges
  • Demonstration of a balanced hiring plan with clear leadership
  • Potential to attract diverse faculty

About the Cluster

The carbon electronics cluster aims to innovate new energy and quantum science solutions. Our team leverages the unique quantum physical/chemical properties, scalability, sustainability and low-cost solution-processability of organic, polymeric, nanocolloidal, and hybrid materials in a wide range of energy, optoelectronic, photonic and quantum applications. This demands horizontal integration across multiple disciplines and vertical integration between basic and applied research. Commercial applications such as organic light emitting diode displays use organic electronic materials and developmental applications such as organic solar cells have made enormous progress in new materials creation, processing, and device engineering.

The Carbon Cluster at NC State is recognized for discovering and harnessing new quantum phenomena, developing advanced characterization methods for organic and hybrid materials, as well as advancing the fundamental understanding of stability and degradation of organic materials towards enabling commercial applications. Our team conducts this interdisciplinary research by sharing expertise and research infrastructure in strategic areas of advanced materials processing, optoelectronic device fabrication, and advanced materials characterization. We are also harnessing innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics and building smart labs to solve complex problems in organic and hybrid materials and device research. The cluster’s vertically integrated research approach is designed to bring organic and hybrid materials applications from the laboratory to fabrication by leveraging comprehensive shared resources, and pilot scale instrumentation. The cluster currently includes 11 faculty across 5 different departments and seeks to increase its interdisciplinary breadth. It builds on additional NC State investment in traditional condensed matter and materials science, molecular sciences (Integrative Sciences Initiative), and plant sciences (the Plant Sciences Initiative).  

About the Position

Candidates with experimental or theoretical research interests and expertise in broad areas related to organic, polymer, nanocolloidal, and hybrid materials and devices will be considered.  Particular areas of interest include characterization of applied soft materials, device fabrication and integration, photonics, phononics, bio-inspired computing, bioelectronics and sensing applications. 

Candidates will be expected to establish a research group with significant external funding and visibility.  Priority will be given to candidates that seek to collaborate across disciplines with faculty in the Carbon Electronics Cluster at NC State or expand the reach of the Cluster with new collaborations. Candidates will mentor postdoc, graduate and undergraduate student research, teach classes in their home department, and contribute to NC State’s institutional goal of excellence.

Minimum requirements for the position are a Ph.D in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical or Electrical Engineering, or a related technical or scientific field, a track record of research accomplishments in areas related to the Carbon Electronics cluster, and evidence of a commitment to supporting students through inclusive educational activities.  Candidates should submit:  A 2-3 page research plan, a cover letter describing interdisciplinary research experience and how it connects to the interests and goals of the Carbon cluster, and a 1-3 page teaching statement that includes specific discussion of accomplishments and plans for promoting inclusive and equitable education, outreach, or engagement. Questions about the position may be addressed to Dr. Dan Dougherty (

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