Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Computational Materials Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308868

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Material Sciences

Job Description

The Opportunity

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s meeting scientific challenges that underpin the development of advanced technologies, including the design of novel materials for energy storage and revealing the mechanisms of materials degradation, as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to investigate charge and mass transport phenomena at solid-liquid interfaces under reactive conditions. You will be conducting theoretical and computational research, working towards predictive understanding of metastable phase evolution at heterogeneous interfaces, including atomic-scale mechanisms of elementary processes, such as interfacial reactions, diffusion, electron density redistribution. This position is based in the PNNL-Richland campus.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in computational materials and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the energy storage research, we want to connect with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct independent research and work on team assignments.

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the materials science group, PSD, across PNNL, and partner universities.

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings.

  • Participate in the development of research proposals.

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

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About PNNL

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, or related field

  • Training and aptitude in theoretical and computational research in condensed matter

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):

  • Solid background in ab initio, semi-empirical, and atomistic simulations.

  • Track record of research conducted using DFT, classical and ab initio molecular dynamics, and ReaxFF methods.

  • Experience in widely used computational codes/packages.

  • Track record of using ab initio methods for predicting spectroscopic properties, such as X-ray absorption, NMR chemical shift, vibrational frequencies.

  • Record of scientific code development.

  • Familiarity with principles of statistical mechanics.

  • Demonstrated capability to think and act independently.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to collaborate.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

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: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-01-28

Closing Date: 2019-02-16