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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311023

Directorate: Energy and 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 an Applied Catalysis Post-Doctorate position, aimed at heterogeneous catalyst development and testing for applications ranging from biofuels to hydrogen production. The candidate will work with the project to team to pursue structural and functional understandings of the catalysts, using a suite of state-of-the-art instruments and collaborating with staff performing the corresponding computational chemistry. Typical reactions include acid-catalyzed dehydrations, base-catalyzed aldol condensations, and hydrogenations. Multifunctional catalysts are designed to effectively control complex reaction mechanisms. Catalyst synthesis requires control from atomic to nanoscales.

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


  • The candidate must have experience in heterogeneous catalyst synthesis; characterization, using spectroscopic techniques; and reaction kinetics 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 other reactions, including syngas and methane activation.

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

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 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

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2020-07-28

Closing Date: 2020-08-17