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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309658

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Chemical Physics & Analysis

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 goals in computational biomolecular materials science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division. As a postdoctoral researcher, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the development of synthetic self-assembling systems that mimic the hierarchical nature of biological membranes and carry out high-level functions based on a predictive understanding of both assembly and function. In particular, we seek to create fully synthetic self-assembling biomimetic structures that mimic the environment, versatility, and functionality of cell membranes based on a predictive understanding of: (a) the link between macromolecular sequence and organization, (b) controls on assembly and ordering, (c) incorporation of functional units with a focus on artificial carbon nanotube porins (CNTPs), and (d) mechanisms of fast and selective transport through these materials. You will be mentored hands on by senior researchers and work in close collaboration with the experimental efforts to be central part of the theory and modelling effort.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in chemistry/biology/physics/materials and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, 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 across PNNL and other research institutions

  • 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.

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, Geochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biology, Materials Sciences or related field

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Independent and highly motivated

  • Experience in molecular dynamics simulations and statistical mechanics

  • Scripting or coding experience to be able to analyze simulation data

  • A background in one or more of the following fields: soft matter, aqueous systems, carbon nano tubes, lipid bilayer, proteins, electrolytes, polymers, solid-liquid interfaces, transport phenomena, model refinement for XRD, SAX, etc. data, force field development, coarse graining, enhanced sampling methods

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: Chemical Physics & Analysis

Opening Date: 2019-08-05

Closing Date: 2019-09-02