Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Applied Materials Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306034

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Applied Materials & Performance


Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the Applied Synthetic Chemistry Team at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL has a multidisciplinary team of chemists, chemical engineers and materials scientists developing new materials and concepts for energy-related applications. The successful candidate will be involved in projects focused on developing novel polymeric materials for rheology modification and stimuli responsive materials. We are particularly interested in a highly motivated, adaptable, and capable individual with a Ph.D., preferably in in polymer synthesis or polymer chemistry, with strong synthetic organic chemistry skills. The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to develop strategies and synthetic routes towards monomers and polymeric materials, of particular interest being ionic copolymers with linear and hyperbranched topologies. Furthermore, the successful candidate will prepare manuscripts for publication, present their work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and be responsible for developing new research areas.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.


Preferred Qualifications

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Organic, Polymer Chemistry, or a closely related field within the past five years from an accredited university. The candidate must possess a strong background, including hands-on experience, on controlled polymerization techniques, reaction optimization, Schlenk line techniques, and general organic chemistry skills required in the purification and isolation or organic compounds and polymers. Experience with controlled radical polymerization techniques such as RAFT, ATRP, NMP, synthesis of ionic polymers, development of structure-property relationships, and fine tuning molecular structure to achieve required properties is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to utilize characterization techniques such as NMR, FTIR, and perform and interpret polymer-specific measurements, such as GPC, and solution rheology (viscosity). Good written and oral communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively as part of the team are required.

3.5 GPA or higher is preferred


Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Synthetic Chemistry

Opening Date: 2016-11-14

Closing Date: 2016-12-10