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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Condensed Phase Theory, Modeling,and Simulation in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310988

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 theoretical Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Theory, Modeling, and Simulation team, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to develop a fundamental comprehension of the driving forces and processes that underlie phenomena such as solvation, nucleation, assembly, transport, and reaction, in complex condensed-phase, heterogeneous, and interfacial molecular environments. Work in our group is highly collaborative. You will work with and be mentored by prominent researchers, including — Greg Schenter, Chris Mundy, Shawn Kathmann, Marat Valiev, and Sotiris Xantheas — as you develop and work to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics of molecules at interfaces and in the condensed phase.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in Chemical Physics/Physical Chemistry and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; 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 Chemical Physics and Analysis, PSD and across PNNL

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

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

  • Train and mentor others

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.

  • Training and aptitude in Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry, or Physics

  • Work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams

Preferred Qualifications

Not all need to be met:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences or related field strongly preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Proficiency and knowledge of theory and simulation (including programming)

  • Rate theory in the condensed phase

  • Theory of electrolytes and solvation

  • Electrostatic phenomena in the vicinity of interfaces (macroscopic and nanoscale)

  • Intermolecular interactions in the gas and the condensed phase

  • Structures and spectroscopy of aqueous ionic clusters

  • Data science approaches to obtain descriptors of physical processes

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.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Chemical Physics & Analysis

Opening Date: 2020-12-14

Closing Date: 2021-01-20