How do I join the Grimmgroup?

Joining as a postdoctoral researcher

The Grimmgroup accepts applications on a revolving basis.  Please look through the description of our research and our recent manuscripts to see what particular projects you might be interested in, and how you might contribute.

Preference will be given to candidates with research experience in photovoltaics, electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and surface science from a wide range of departments and disciplines including chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.  There is no particular TOEFL requirement but our preference for international students is a TOEFL score greater than 95 at any point during one’s studies.

Motivated, qualified candidates are encouraged to send Professor Grimm an email with a short description of their previous research, a short description of their ongoing research interests, and a short explanation of the ways in which postdoctoral studies will further their target career trajectory.  Please attach a CV, copies of two recently-authored manuscripts, and contact information for people that can provide professional recommendation letters.

Joining as a graduate student

The Grimmgroup is in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and while undergraduate degrees may come from a range of disciplines and departments, we expect graduate students to be able to perform their duties as a teaching assistant in physical, inorganic, or analytical chemistry courses.

The university has a TOEFL minimum of 84 however, preference will be given to applicants with TOEFL scores of 95 or higher.

Please see the departmental webpage for full application details.  The application process operates on a revolving timetable, however, applications received in January for a Fall start date will receive the strongest consideration.

Joining as an undergraduate student

The Grimmgroup accepts undergraduate students for independent research projects at any point during their first through third years at WPI.  Fourth year students may not join the group as it is too late to learn how to use the equipment in the lab concurrently with engaging in an independent Major Qualifying Project!

Students from the disciplines of chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering are encouraged to join!  Interested students should email Professor Grimm with a short introduction to themselves and a short description of what they are interested in doing in the group.  Reading recent publications from the group doesn’t hurt!

Joining the Grimmgroup for an MQP

The Grimmgroup encourages applications for MQP-based research, however applicants must be willing to engage in research prior to formal MQP work.  Photovoltaics research requires a significant commitment for a student’s time and efforts, and putting in 1/3 of a unit of work for three terms is quite simply insufficient.  Learning how to use the XPS takes one term in and of itself, to say nothing of developing an independent research project that utilizes it!

If you are interested in doing an MQP in the Grimmgroup, you must initiate conversations with Grimm at some point during your third year at the latest, and are encouraged to plan on spending the summertime doing research between your third and fourth year at WPI.

Students should approach Grimm as soon as possible and look through the MQP portal, nexus.wpi.edu, to initiate the process.  Remember that sooner is better than later!

Joining as an undergraduate summer researcher

At this time, the Grimmgroup only accepts students from within the WPI undergraduate community, and only students willing to maintain active research throughout the school year ultimately leading to an MQP.  Students looking for a “one off” summer research experience are not encouraged to apply.

Expectations for undergraduate researchers

There are very specific requirements to remain an “active” researcher in the Grimmgroup. Discuss with Prof. Grimm what the expectations are for first-through-third-year researchers. Students participating in MQP-based research and registered for 1/3 of a unit of research are expected to put in the time and effort commensurate with WPI’s expectations for 1/3 unit of work.  Students that fail to put in the required time and effort invite the possibility of failing their MQP.

Joining as a high-school volunteer

We are not accepting high-school volunteers at this time. At some point in the future this may change, but the extensive training for safety concerns alone presently prohibit group participation at the high-school level.