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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Heterogeneous Catalysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309407

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Catalysis Science

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 Catalysis Science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Catalysis Science group you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for conversion of hydrocarbons on zeolites and metal nanoparticles stabilized by porous materials. You will be mentored by prominent researchers including Johannes Lercher, John Fulton, Jianzhi Hu and Oliver Gutierrez in the group of heterogeneous catalysis, as you develop a line of experimental research working to understand the detailed kinetic and chemical transformations on catalytic solids. You will also work to better understand the structure of catalytic materials by means of advanced physicochemical techniques such as Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in heterogeneous catalysis 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 within the Catalysis Science Group, Physical Sciences Division, and across PNNL

  • 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.

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.

Email PNNL Recruiter Fred Bond at for details, or share this opportunity with someone you know today.

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, Chemical Engineering or related field

  • Training and aptitude in heterogeneous catalysis

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Measuring catalytic performance

  • Determining reaction kinetics

  • Proficiency with a range of spectroscopic techniques

  • Background in solid state NMR

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: Catalysis Science

Opening Date: 2019-05-24

Closing Date: 2019-06-20