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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - In Situ Interfacial Characterization in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311276

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) provides scientific and engineering leadership 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 Research Associate position, aimed at in situ interfacial characterization. The position entails working with a collaborative multidisciplinary team of staff scientists on the interfacial characterization of electrochemical processes and catalysts for chemical transformations of CO 2 -activated in solvents to further the understanding of mass and charge transfer at the evolving material interfaces.

Specific work will involve the fabrication of novel microfluidic reactors to perform in situ and in operando characterization of material interfaces using a suite of tools including time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Developing hypotheses to drive the subsequent research.

  • Performing in situ and operando characterization of interfaces using novel tools and using big data techniques to assess measurements

  • Leading manuscript development for publishing in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

  • Presenting in technical conferences and project review meetings

  • Participating on the development of future research proposals

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

  • Solid training in physical chemistry, electrochemistry, analytical chemistry or chemical engineering.

  • Demonstrated ability to work (hands-on) with complicated analytical or experimental equipment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and safely.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of mass spectrometry and electron microscopy.

  • Experience with using Matlab, Python or similar platform to perform complex data analyses.

  • 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

  • Experience of in situ and/or operando characterization approaches

  • Fluency in imaging mass spectrometry (e.g., ToF-SIMS, MALDI) and electron microscopy (e.g., SEM)

  • Able to analyze large data sets and prepare manuscripts reporting scientific findings.

  • Knowledge of electrochemical techniques and analysis is also preferred.

  • Proficient with a range of spectroscopic techniques, such as XAS spectroscopy or other beamline techniques

  • Experience in microfluidics and microreactor design

  • Functional knowledge of thermodynamic and kinetic concepts and experimental techniques

  • Experience in big data analytics and AI

  • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • 3.75 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.

Other Information

Limited travel to conduct experiments in other DOE research facilities may be required.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2020-10-12

Closing Date: 2020-11-15