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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Experimental Geochemistry in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311036

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!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in experimental interfacial science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Geochemistry group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for reaction rates of major geochemical processes such as crystal growth, dissolution, adsorption, and electron transfer. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including—Kevin Rosso and Jim De Yoreo—, as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics at the interface between metal oxide nanoparticles and aqueous solutions. You will also work to better understand processes such as redox-catalyzed transformations, defect incorporation, and/or particle-mediated crystal growth. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE User Facility on the PNNL campus.

The Ideal Candidate : If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in interfacial science and geochemistry 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:

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the geochemistry group, EMSL, PSD and across PNNL

  • Work independently, take initiative, and work on team assignments

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

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

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

  • Train and mentor others

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

  • Knowledge of/experience with multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of solids or solid interfaces with aqueous solutions for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions and/or kinetics

  • Experience synthesizing and/or preparing well-defined model mineral nanoparticles or single crystals

  • Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, design and execution of batch and/or mixed flow reactor experiments with solid suspensions

  • A background in one or more of the following spectroscopic or microscopic solids/interfacial characterization approaches: scanning probe microscopies, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman and/or IR vibrational spectroscopies, time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies, non-linear optical spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray absorption or scattering spectroscopies, neutron scattering, mass spectrometries and/or associated imaging methods, Mössbauer spectroscopy, or X-ray diffraction

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts

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

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or related field.

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: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2020-07-29

Closing Date: 2020-08-28