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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Inorganic Chemistry Post Doctorate RA - WSU/PNNL Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology in PULLMAN, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310290

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Technology

Job Description

Washington State University/ Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is searching for an inorganic/organometallic chemist to assume a postdoctoral role in a project centered around the synthesis of unusual low valent uranium (U(II), U(III)) and other actinide metal complexes including transuranic elements. The position will be based at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and may involve occasional travel or temporary work at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Richland, WA campus.

The successful candidate will receive dedicated training and mentorship as part of the WSU/PNNL Nuclear Science and Technology Institute, which will grow into a collaborative research effort with PNNL personnel in the Radiological Processing Laboratory (RPL) at the PNNL site in Richland, WA.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD in chemistry or related field of physical sciences with R&D experience in inorganic chemistry, radiochemistry and/or nuclear sciences within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively both individually and in a team environment.

Demonstrated ability to analyze data and publish results.

Must have the ability to obtain a future security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist with 4-5 years of experience in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry focused on the synthesis of metal complexes under non-aqueous and anaerobic conditions.

Experience with modern characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy, the ability to perform single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Experience with Schlenk and vacuum line techniques as well as working in an inert atmosphere glove box. The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in starting and setting up a modern synthetic laboratory at WSU.

Additional experience working closely with computational researchers and using data is also beneficial.

Preferred Education/Credential

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in synthetic inorganic/organometallic chemistry and experience with actinide, lanthanide or other f-orbital containing elements.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment

  • Candidate must be able/willing to handle radioactive and hazardous materials.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Global Nuclear Science & Tech

Opening Date: 2020-01-10

Closing Date: 2020-02-09