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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Organic Chemist for CO2 Capture Solvents in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312380

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes & Materials

Group:Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) represents scientific and engineering leadership in materials development 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 organic synthesis of new novel solvents for separating CO2 and other gases. The successful candidate will work with a multi-investigator team to develop methods for synthesizing advanced organic liquid solvents, which are then characterized and measured for performance properties. The candidate will also help develop synthetic routes for promising solvents that assure large-scale affordability, and demonstrate those routes at kilogram scales.

The candidate will also:

  • 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 a strong background and hands-on experience in synthetic organic chemistry, mechanistic studies for organic reactions, process organic chemistry optimization of reactions, Schlenk line and glove box techniques.

  • An ability to scale up specialty organic liquids to kilogram scales.

  • An ability to operating carbon capture solvent testing equipment, along with testing aimed at quantifying solvent degradation mechanisms via kinetic studies.

  • Experience with characterization techniques, such as NMR, FTIR, LC-MS, HPLC, GC-MS, along with the associated data analysis.

  • 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 Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Classical Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, 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