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About the Nesbitt Laboratory

The Nesbitt Laboratory pursues research in four main areas:
1) High resolution laser spectroscopy of radicals, ions and molecular ion clusters
2) Chemical Reaction Dynamics: Gas Phase and Interfaces
3) Quantum nanostructures and photonic nanomaterials
4) Single Molecule Biophysics: Microscopy, Kinetics and Thermodynamics

Highlighted Publications

G. T. Buckingham, Chang, C. - H. , and Nesbitt, D. J. , High-Resolution Rovibrational Spectroscopy of Jet-Cooled Phenyl Radical: The ν 19 Out-of-Phase Symmetric CH Stretch, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 117, no. 39, pp. 10047-10057, 2014.
K. T. Early and Nesbitt, D. J. , Size-Dependent Photoionization in Single CdSe/ZnS Nanocrystals, Nano Letters, vol. 13, pp. 4844 - 4849, 2013.
A. Grubisic, Schweikhard, V. , Baker, T. A. , and Nesbitt, D. J. , Coherent Multiphoton Photoelectron Emission from Single Au Nanorods: The Critical Role of Plasmonic Electric Near-Field Enhancement, ACS Nano, vol. 7, pp. 87 - 99, 2013.


The Nesbitt Group routinely has openings for postdoctoral associates and graduate students. In addition, the Nesbitt group also has traditionally made undergraduate research opportunities available for especially motivated and independent students.

Postdoctoral Positions available at JILA, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

Description: The selected candidate(s) will work with David Nesbitt and his research group, and will also have the opportunity to interact with other chemical/biophysical experimental and theoretical groups at NIST, JILA and the Chemistry and Physics department. There are project openings for highly motivated and suitably trained candidates in the following areas.

1) High resolution infrared laser spectroscopy of jet cooled high reactive chemical transient species of critical importance in combustion, atmospheric and interstellar chemistry.

 2) State resolved molecular collision dynamics at the gas-liquid interface, with special emphasis on chemical reaction, energy transfer and solvation dynamics with room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs), molten metals, self assembled monolayers (SAMs), and liquid microjets.

 3) Ultrafast laser studies of plasmonic/fluorescence dynamics in nanostructures (Au, Cu, Ag), nanocrystal quantum dots and other mesoscale materials, exploiting novel combinations of multiphoton electron photoemission microscopy (SPIM), velocity map imaging (VMI) and time correlated single photon counting capabilities.

  4) Single molecule studies of RNA/DNA/protein conformational dynamics, exploiting state-of-the-art ultrafast confocal laser microscopy and polarization/color/arrival time sorted single photon counting methods. 

Postdoctoral positions in one or more of the above areas are currently available. Completed applications submitted will be considered until the position is filled.


Find out more on the Opportunities Page.