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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Applied Catalysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312381

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC) represent scientific and engineering leadership in catalysis research for the nation and world, serving a wide variety of federal and commercial clients. PNNL’s Advanced Energy Systems Group has an opening for a Post-Doctorate position, aimed at exploring the molecular-level basis for conversion of oxygenates on heterogeneous catalysts including metal oxides, supported metal nanoparticles, and singe metal atoms. The candidate will work with a hardworking, multi-investigator team to pursue structural and functional understandings of the catalysts, using rigorous reaction kinetic measurements and a suite of state-of-the-art characterization instruments as well as collaborating with staff performing the corresponding computational chemistry. Catalyst synthesis is a critical piece of the role, requiring careful control from atomic to nanoscales.

The candidate will:

  • Work independently, take initiative, and work on team projects

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

  • Interact, communicate, and tackle problems with a diverse team of research staff

  • Present research at conferences and project review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

  • Train and mentor others

This is a limited-term employment position with a two-year appointment and a possible extension to three years.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The candidate must have experience in heterogeneous catalyst synthesis; characterization, using spectroscopic techniques; and reaction kinetic measurements to unravel elementary details of catalytic reactions mechanisms.

  • Experience with a variety of catalyst characterization methods (e.g., NMR, FTIR) is also desired, along with experience with catalytic reactions, including dehydration, condensation, hydrogen transfer, and hydrodeoxygenation.

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills are required.This includes a strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at scientific conferences.

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.

Other Information

The candidate must have completed a PhD within the past 60 months in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related field, from an accredited college or university

3.50 GPA or higher is preferred

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2021-07-20

Closing Date: 2021-08-09