Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Chemical Engineer in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 307839

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Chemistry of Nuclear Materials


Job Description

PNNL is seeking a post-doctoral chemical engineer to design, construct, and instrument task specific chemical reactors for measuring the kinetics of atmospheric processes. A key focus will be on the utilization of radioactive tracers to identify kinetic pathways. The generated designs will need to follow specifications for handling radioactive material as well as typical considerations for atmospheric chamber designs, including UV irradiation, surface-to-volume ratio and wall losses, chemical-materials compatibility, and materials balance and flow design for identifying and quantifying reaction kinetics. The most successful candidate should be familiar with reactive material transport, chemical kinetics and the design of reactors to measure them, process control instrumentation, process design engineering, photochemical reaction chemistry, and radioactive materials handling and be proficient in implementing these disciplines in an experimental setting. Successful candidates will be expected to publish their developments in peer reviewed literature journals.

On-going programs at PNNL are interested in the above research objectives and we are seeking candidates who will wish to engage in co-developing research proposals in this area to accelerate the research advancements of atmospheric chemistry.


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.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience in kinetic reactor design, atmospheric chemistry, and process control instrumentation are required.

Preferred Education: A PhD degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, radiochemistry, or related field (or near completion of such a degree) is required. Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher 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


Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chemistry of Nuclear Mtrls

Opening Date: 2018-06-02

Closing Date: 2018-07-02