Graduate Research Fellow resume example with 7+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Overview

Results oriented professional with scientific, technical and analytical expertise. Demonstrates data-driven and creative problem-solving skills with a proven ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.

Core Qualifications
  • Research and development
  • Critical Thinking
  • Publications and communication
  • Goal setting and implementation
  • Research in nonlinear optics
  • Data analysis and modeling
  • Selected as one of 150 from a pool of ~ 6000 to receive a $151K fellowship over three years.
  • Authored 13 publications with over 250 citations.
Work History
Graduate research fellow, 2013 to 09/2015
Columbia UniversityNew York City, NY
Department of energy research fellow, 08/2009 to 11/2012
University of Texas at AustinNew York City, TX
Research scientist, 04/2008 to 06/2009
University of WisconsinNew York City, WI
Ph.D: Chemistry, Expected in 2015
Columbia University - New York City, NY
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Masters of Philosophy: Chemistry, Expected in 2014
Columbia University - New York City, NY
GPA: GPA: 3.9/4.0

GPA: 3.9/4.0

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, Expected in 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI

Chemistry GPA: 3.6/4.0

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry, Expected in 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
GPA: GPA: 3.6/4.0
Chemistry GPA: 3.6/4.0

Dissertation: "Probing surfaces and interfaces by nonlinear optical spectroscopy with time, energy, and phase resolution" describes a new technique for investigating novel materials for renewable energy applications.

Spanish (Conversational), Hindi (Beginner)
Graduate research fellow, 2013 to 09/2015
Norc At The University Of ChicagoBismarck, ND,
  • Conceived and developed a novel spectroscopic tool for investigating the efficiency of materials used for photovoltaics, renewable energy and electronics.
  • Programmed a suite of analysis functions to process hundreds of spectral data sets each containing over 300K data points.
  • Partnered with 3 collaborators in academic and industrial institutions across various disciplines.
  • Supervised the successful dismantling, relocation, and reconstruction of over $500K worth of scientific equipment.
  • Consulted with coworkers to troubleshoot their experiment and created a plan to resolve problems which resulted in the proper functioning of a $200K laser system.
Graduate research assistant, 08/2009 to 11/2012
Natural Resources Defense CouncilWashington, DC,
  • Designed an automated procedure for measuring laser spot size, improving accuracy and decreasing measurement time by 80%.
  • Utilized unused lab equipment to construct a NIR fluorescence spectrometer, enabling co-workers to study fluorescent properties of quantum dots.
Staff Scientist, 04/2008 to 06/2009
University Of Wisconsin-MadisonCity, STATE,
  • Directed a project to enrich phosphorylated peptides using high-surface-area materials with the aim of investigating biological pathways associated with heart disease and cancer, resulting in 2 first author publications with 74 citations and 1 patent.
  • Partnered with 5 collaborators from various disciplines across the university.
Fellowships and Awards
  • Editors choice award for the paper "Charge transfer excitons at van der waals interfaces.", 2015.
  • Selected after a three-round application process to network with scientists around the globe, 2012.
  • Department of energy graduate fellowship award, 2011.
  • Hamilton Robert Graduate Recruitment Fellowship, 2009.

Traveling, Languages, Music (Trumpet player in orchestras musicals and international jazz festivals), Programming (Python, Java),


Claire CA, 2015. Probing surfaces and interfaces by nonlinear optical spectroscopy with time, energy, and phase resolution (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University Academic Commons.

Zhu X-Y, Monahan NR, Gong Z, Zhu H, Williams K, Claire CA. 2015. Charge transfer excitons at van der waals interfaces. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137:8313–20

Claire CA, Luo J, Jen AK-Y, Laghumavarapu RB, Huffaker DL, Zhu X-Y. 2014. Time-, energy-, and phase-resolved second-harmonic generation at semiconductor interfaces. J. Phys. Chem. C. 118(48):27981–88

Claire CA, Monahan NR, Zhu X-Y. 2013. Exceeding the shockley–queisser limit in solar energy conversion. Energy Environ. Sci. 6(12):3508

Williams KJ, Claire CA, Yan X, Li L-S, Zhu X. 2013. Hot electron injection from graphene quantum dots to tio. ACS Nano. 7(2):1388–94

Chen H-Y, Maiti S, Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, Son DH. 2012. Tuning temperature dependence of dopant luminescence via local lattice strain in core/shell nanocrystal structure. J. Phys. Chem. C. 116(44):23838–43

Claire CA, Szczech JR, Dooley CJ, Xu Q, Lawrence MJ, et al. 2010. Effective enrichment and mass spectrometry analysis of phosphopeptides using mesoporous metal oxide nanomaterials. Anal. Chem. 82(17):7193–7201

Claire CA, Szczech JR, Xu Q, Lawrence MJ, Jin S, Ge Y. 2009. Mesoporous zirconium oxide nanomaterials effectively enrich phosphopeptides for mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics. Chem. Commun. 6607–9


Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, “Interfacial Electron Transfer: Tracking the Electric Field with Femtosecond Time Resolution.” Oral presentation delivered at the materials research society meeting in San Fransisco, CA, June, 2015.

Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, “Probing Interfacial Charge Separation Dynamics Using Spectrally and Temporally Resolved Second Harmonic Generation.” Oral presentation delivered at the Excited State Processes Conference, Santa Fe, NM, June, 2014.

Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, “Reversible Surface Electronic Traps in Lead Sulfide Quantum Dot Solids.” Poster presentation delivered at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY, August 2012.

Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, “Quantum Dots: Electronic Structure, Relaxation Dynamics and Charge Transfer.” Invited oral presentation delivered at the Fritz-Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany, July, 2012.

Claire CA, Zhu X-Y, “Ligand Induced Surface Pre-melting in Lead Sulfide Quantum Dot Solids.” Poster presentation delivered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, August, 2011.

Claire CA, Szczech J R, Xu Q, Lawrence MJ, Jin S, Ge Y, “Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanomaterials Effectively Enrich Phosphopeptides for Mass Spectrometry-based Phosphoproteomics.” Poster presentation delivered at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Meeting Philadelphia, PA, June, 2009.

Additional Information

Teaching assistant and tutor:

  • Taught analytical and quantitative data analysis skills to classes of 30 students.
  • Evaluated and provided feedback on student assignments and laboratory reports.
  • Presented complex information to two students struggling with mathematics enabling them to pass their class and gain an appreciation for mathematics

Programming skills: Python, Java, LabView, Matlab, LaTex

Instrumentation: Femtosecond laser design and construction, mass spectrometry, microscopy

Memberships/Scholarly Societies

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School Attended

  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin

Job Titles Held:

  • Graduate research fellow
  • Department of energy research fellow
  • Research scientist


  • Ph.D
  • Masters of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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