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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Geosciences Experimental Chemist in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311043

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 nucleation and crystal growth, dissolution, adsorption, and electron transfer. You will be mentored by prominent researchers as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics at interfaces between metal oxides and aqueous solutions. You will also work to better understand processes such as redox-catalyzed transformations, corrosion processes, and the role of defects in interfacial chemistry. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE National User Facility on the PNNL campus.

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 the preferred qualifications to be considered.

  • 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 PSD’s Geochemistry, Chemical Physics, and Materials Groups, as well as staff from EMSL and across PNNL

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

  • Co-lead the development of research proposals

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience, or advanced degree, in Geochemistry or Geological Sciences, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, or related fields.

  • Training and aptitude in Experimental Geochemistry

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Geochemistry or Geological Sciences, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, or related fields.

  • 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.

  • Expertise characterizing solid-water interfaces with diverse techniques, especially high-resolution in-situ AFM and force spectroscopy, in addition to complementary techniques such as surface-sensitive SFG spectroscopy, CTR X-ray methods, zeta-potential and streaming-potential measurements.

  • Experience in nanoscale materials synthesis and complementary materials characterization methods including high-resolution TEM, cryo-TEM, SEM, synchrotron methods, X-ray diffraction analysis, dynamic light scattering, and BET analysis.

  • Experience in modeling thermodynamics and mechanisms of materials synthesis, including crystal nucleation, particle assembly, and crystal growth.

  • Experience modeling charged interfaces (e.g. surface complexation models, Gouy-Chapman theory, DLVO theory) and linking these models to experiment.

  • Experience working in interdisciplinary lab-spaces, maintaining a safe lab environment and training new users.

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

  • 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

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.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2020-07-30

Closing Date: 2020-08-12