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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309568

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Environmental Molecular Sciences

Group: Interfacial Sciences & Simulation

Job Description

The Environmental Molecular Division seeks a Chemist (chemical/biological spectroscopist – SNOM Scientist) in the area of infrared nanospectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy to biological, chemical and environmental research. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and operation of the IR scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscope (IR s-SNOM) and Raman microscopes in addition to identifying and preparing samples for these instruments that will demonstrate its scientific and technical capabilities and will foster scientific excellence, collaboration, and innovation, that attracts an active user community.

The incumbent will be an expert in all aspects of IR s-SNOM operation and will be responsible for supporting EMSL and PNNL’s emerging capabilities in multimodal chemical imaging. The incumbent must be technically versatile to adapt quickly to the demands needed to apply IR sSNOM and Raman instrumentation to a wide variety of samples and sample environments. The incumbent should possess good oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to ideas and methods expanding on existing R&D and may collaborate on reports, papers, posters, and presentations. The incumbent must also demonstrate initiative, creativity and innovative thinking, and high tolerance for the ambiguity, dynamics, and diversity of work characteristic of a research environment.

Representative duties of the Chemical/Biological Spectroscopist/SNOM Scientist include:

  • Provide technical support for the development of IR s-SNOM and Raman instrumentation for biological and environmental research

  • Provide technical and scientific support for the application of the IR s-SNOM and Raman spectroscopy to biological and environmental samples in order to demonstrate their scientific and technical capabilities

  • Draw upon existing capabilities within EMSL to support development of new spectroscopic instrumentation.

  • Provide technical support for IR sSNOM and Raman microscopy to the EMSL user community

THIS IS A PROJECT HIRE FOR THE MULTIMODAL CHEMICAL IMAGING ACROSS SCALES TO VISUALIZE METABOLIC PATHWAYS IN LIVE PLANTS AND MICROBIAL SYSTEMS. THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT AND YOUR EMPLOYMENT IS NOT EXPECTED TO LAST BEYOND 3 YEARS.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience; MS/MA with 0 years of experience; PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Material Science or a related field plus 2 years of relevant experience with demonstrated capability for the operation of spectroscopic instrumentation

  • Candidate must have operated an IR s-SNOM and Raman instrument for at least 2+ years

  • Candidate must have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the physics behind the operating principles of the IR s-SNOM and Raman spectroscopic instrumentation

  • Candidate must have demonstrated expertise in instrument development through hands-on experience assembling, modifying, and optimizing spectroscopic instrumentation

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 jobs.pnnl.gov.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Interfacial Sci's & Simulation

Opening Date: 2019-07-09

Closing Date: 2019-07-23

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