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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312186

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!

You will contribute to PNNL’s goals in catalysis as part of the Lab’s Physical and Computational Sciences Division (PCSD). As a researcher in the Catalysis Science group, you will join a multi-investigator team to explore the design, synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic studies of molecular catalysts for the hydrogenation of CO 2 , esters, and related species. You will be mentored by prominent researchers as you develop and enhance your critical thinking and experimental design skills in molecular catalysis, while also working in close collaboration with a team of invested colleagues.

The Ideal Candidate

Are you someone that wants to become a postdoctoral researcher in a catalysis group at a National Laboratory widely recognized for its groundbreaking research? If so we want to connect with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered, and we strongly encourage motivated researchers that desire to expand their knowledge base to apply.

What you will do:

  • Conduct independent research and work on team assignments

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

  • Interact, communicate, and solve problems with a diverse team of co-workers in PSD and across PNNL

  • Present research at technical conferences and project review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Email PNNL Recruiter Alexa Williams at for details, or share this opportunity with someone you know today! We look forward to hearing from you.

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.

Ph.D. in Chemistry

Experience in experimental catalysis research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Synthetic and mechanistic organic/inorganic chemistry

  • Synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive materials (drybox and Schlenk techniques)

  • Proficiency with a range of experimental techniques, particularly NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy. Knowledge of X-ray crystallography and experience with collecting and finalizing crystal structures of metal complexes for publications is desireable, but not required.

  • Functional knowledge of thermodynamic and kinetic concepts

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: Catalysis Science

Opening Date: 2021-06-01

Closing Date: 2021-06-28