Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Infrared Spectrometry in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308937

Directorate: National Security

Division: Signatures Science & Technology

Group: Applied Physics

Job Description

The Applied Physics Group is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to support research and development in infrared spectrometry with a focus on quantitative infrared spectroscopy, refractive indices calculations, infrared laser systems and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The position will involve Fourier transform infrared measurements to determine the refractive indices n and k., other Fourier Transform single-angle methods, ellipsometry, simple transmission measurements or the use of BRDF methods to determine the complex refractive indices. The position also involves the handling of a wide array of chemicals and subsequent preparation for analysis, as well as post measurement data analysis.

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

The qualified candidate must have an academic background in physical chemistry, chemical physics, optics or related field, with an emphasis on infrared spectrometry. The position requires a solid understanding of sample preparation for spectrometric analysis, infrared spectral data interpretation, and a strong background in optical instrumentation. Past experience in this area is required.

Preferred Education/Credential:

Ph.D. in physical chemistry, chemical physics, optics or related field with a research emphasis on infrared spectrometry, and demonstrated experience in quantitative infrared spectroscopy, refractive indices calculations, infrared laser systems or Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The ideal candidate will have both theoretical and experimental background experience, as well as familiarity with data analysis and report writing software, e.g. IGOR, LabView, OPUS, MS Office suite, etc. Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher 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

Other Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Applied Physics

Opening Date: 2019-03-11

Closing Date: 2019-04-30