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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309691

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Catalysis Science

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven scientists come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

As a researcher in the Catalysis Science group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for determining kinetic and thermodynamic parameters for chemical transformations important for the next generation of catalysts for storing energy in chemical bonds. You will work across multiple disciplines with prominent researchers. Your research will span chemical/biological catalysis, protein biochemistry, and synthetic biology, as you develop a line of experimental studies, working to understand the role of enzymatic scaffolds on the reactivity of homogeneous catalysts and apply the molecular-scale understanding of biological systems to engineer cell-based and bioinspired catalysts. You will also help maintain and oversee the operation of lab spaces and mentor students and post-doctoral researchers.

If you are a researcher ready to test your talents and training in the study of chemical transformations and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct independent research and work on team assignments

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the Catalysis Science group and across PNNL

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related field

  • Training in and aptitude for synthesis and modification of artificial enzymes and metal-based molecular complexes, characterization, thermodynamics, and kinetics, as well as visualizing enzymes in computational environments.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Knowledge of/experience with design and expression of proteins and metalloenzymes for affinity chromatography, multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of proteins, metalloenzymes, and liquids, for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions, thermodynamics, and kinetics.

  • Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solvent preparation and handling, and design and execution of high throughput operando spectroscopic kinetic analysis of catalytic reactions.

  • A background in one or more of the following techniques to determine both thermodynamic and kinetic parameters: solid state and solution phase nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, electrocatalysis, X-ray diffraction, XAFS, Raman and/or IR vibrational spectroscopies, neutron scattering, reaction calorimetry, pressure-composition-temperature (PCT), or temperature-programmed desorption- mass spectroscopy

  • Ability to design an intuitive user interface for virtual reality applications as well as proficiency in C# to develop and code virtual reality apps for STEM teaching to be released on the Oculus store.

  • Knowledge and experience with bioelectrochemistry and electromicrobiology, capacity to design and evaluate extracellular electron transfer pathways of exoelectrogenic microorganisms for energy production applications using microbial fuels cells.

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

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Catalysis Science

Opening Date: 2019-08-13

Closing Date: 2019-08-30