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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Geosciences Experimental Chemist 2 in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312185

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

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. Early career scientist staff come to PNNL to grow their careers working 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!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in Experimental Geochemistry as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a Level 2 Chemist in the Geochemistry Group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for reaction rates of major geochemical processes such as crystal growth, dissolution, adsorption, and electron transfer. This includes fundamental research into molecular mechanisms of biomineralization at the interface between proteins and minerals. You will be mentored by prominent researchers as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics during various stages of crystallization. You will also work to better understand the role of amorphous precursors, sorption and surface complexation, and particle-mediated crystal growth. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE National User Facility on the PNNL campus.

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. Our campus is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. It is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are an ambitious early career researcher ready to test your talents and training in Experimental Geochemistry and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • 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 Geochemistry Group, EMSL, PSD and across PNNL

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

  • Co-lead the development of research proposals

  • PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Physics, Materials Sciences or related fields.

  • Training and aptitude in Experimental Geochemistry.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of/experience with multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of solids or solid interfaces with aqueous solutions for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions and/or kinetics.

  • Experience in collecting and analyzing data using synchrotron X-ray absorption or scattering spectroscopies for understanding the structure of molecules, clusters or nanoparticles.

  • Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, nanomaterial syntheses, design and execution of batch and/or mixed flow reactor experiments with solid suspensions.

  • A background in one or more of the following additional solids/interfacial characterization approaches: scanning probe microscopies, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman and/or IR vibrational spectroscopies, time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies, non-linear optical spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, neutron scattering, mass spectrometry and/or associated imaging methods, or X-ray diffraction.

  • A consistent track record of publications and presentations demonstrating the proficiency in utilizing aforementioned spectroscopy and microscopy techniques.

  • A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-08-01