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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Energy Storage Materials in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312241

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

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!

We are seeking an outstanding Researcher to join our group to explore phenomena involving crystal nucleation, ion adsorption, and particle interactions at mineral-water interfaces, with applications to exploring fundamental problems in geochemistry, materials synthesis, and energy materials. The successful candidate will have a strong background in nanoscale materials characterization, particularly atomic force microscopy (AFM). The successful candidate will utilize a suite of advanced AFM instruments and will develop novel approaches for using in-situ AFM to characterize atomic-scale adsorbates, solution structure, nanoscale precipitates, and intermolecular forces at solid-liquid interfaces. Experience with solution thermodynamics, interfacial chemistry, and/or electrochemistry are also beneficial. The candidate will work as part of a team that includes world-leaders in AFM, in-situ electron microscopy, advanced surface spectroscopies, geochemical and materials modeling, and atomic scale simulation. The candidate will also prepare manuscripts for publication, present the research work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for the funded research.

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Geochemistry, Physics or other related fields and have experience in one or more of the following areas: geochemistry, materials synthesis, surface-chemistry, electrochemistry, or crystal nucleation and growth.

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.

Minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A strong background in atomic force microscopy, preferably including in-situ imaging in fluids. Experience operating in diverse in-situ conditions, or using advanced methods such as FM-imaging, EFM, SKPFM, or dynamic force spectroscopy are highly beneficial.

  • Experience conducting electrochemical experiments and potentiostats.

  • Experience in materials synthesis, especially involving inorganic mineral phases and materials for energy applications, and experience using complementary nanoscale characterization techniques, including TEM, XRD, SEM, XPS, DLS, etc...

  • Strong knowledge of interfacial chemistry, solution thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and/or physics of nucleation and growth.

  • A background in one or more of the following research areas, involving nanoscale materials synthesis and characterization, interfacial surface chemistry, electrochemistry, and geochemistry.

  • The applicant must have the ability to work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the national lab, including experimentalists and computational modelers.

  • The applicant must have strong, safety-oriented laboratory skills. They must be able to recognize abnormal operating conditions, correct and report to supervisor and warranty provider in a timely and responsible manner. They must have the ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

  • Experience supervising and coordinating multiple projects, while keeping accurate and legible operating records associated with assigned job.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, and a demonstrated record of publishing in first class journals.

Prior experience, extensive knowledge and hands-on skills with in situ atomic force microscopy is 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

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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.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2021-06-14

Closing Date: 2021-08-04