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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Nano-Porous Materials in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311390

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 nano-porous materials synthesis and scale up. Examples of materials include Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), hierarchical porous carbon, and zeolites. Current applications of interest for these materials include adsorption cooling, heat pumps, direct air capture, gas sensing, gas storage and environmental contaminant remediation.

Specific work will involve working with a collaborative multidisciplinary team of staff scientists on the synthesis, characterization, and large (kg)-scale production of novel materials. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Scale-up

  • Analytical characterization of nanoporosity, nanochemistry, structure determination, and gas sorption properties

  • 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 a one-year appointment and 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

  • Experience with bulk synthesis of porous nano materials (e.g. MOFs, COFs, porous carbons, zeolites)

  • Functional knowledge of thermodynamic and kinetic routes for nano material formation.

  • Experience with the integration of porous nano materials on various supports (e.g., coatings), thin films, core-shell materials or membranes.

  • Experience with sorption property testing, such as breakthrough analyses.

  • Proficiency with a range of advanced surface characterization techniques, such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy, calorimetry, NMR, and Fourier transform infrared techniques

  • The candidate must have completed a PhD within the past 60 months in Material Science, Physical 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 research facilities may be required.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2020-11-17

Closing Date: 2020-12-07