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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Materials Science – Electron Microscopy in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312007

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Sciences

Job Description

Job Description

The Opportunity: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a premier 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 world-class 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 Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences as part of PNNL's Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a hardworking, multi-investigator team to investigate structure-property relationships in functional well-defined epitaxial heterostructures. You will be mentored by prominent researchers as you develop a line of experimental research, working to reveal the effects of composition, structure and defects on the physical, chemical, and electrochemical properties of these systems. You will also use in situ microscopy tools to better understand mechanisms and processes governing mechanical deformation and redox pathways in functional systems based on 2D materials and thin films. 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 ready to test your talents and training 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:

  • Conduct research using state-of-the-art aberration corrected scanning / transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) to understand the behavior and failure mechanisms in functional materials, heterostructures, and devices.

  • 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 in EMSL, PSD and across PNNL.

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

  • Participate in the development of research proposals.

  • Train and mentor others

About PNNL: 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.

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

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training (not all need to be met):

  • Practical knowledge of in situ TEM, environmental TEM (ETEM), STEM, and associated techniques, including nano beam diffraction (NBD) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), to probe composition, structure, and evolution of materials under dynamic conditions.

  • Experience of using focused ion beam (FIB) to prepare TEM samples. General knowledge of materials characterization methods, such as AFM, SIMS, and synchrotron-based techniques.

  • Hands-on experience with characterization of 2D materials, metals, and metal oxide thin films.

  • Record of excellence in research in electron microscopy supported by publications in peer-reviewed literature.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools based on research needs.

  • Proven ability to plan and execute research and take initiative in the completion of tasks important to the projects. These include preparation of first drafts of papers for peer-reviewed journals, technical presentations at scientific conferences.

  • Ability to work in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary group of scientists and technical staff, ability to communicate effectively with experimentalist and computational modeling colleagues.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

Preferred Education/Credential:

  • PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related field

Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to “solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security and energy resiliency;” We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage racial/ethnic minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), and protected veteran status.

Additional Protected Classes Under Washington State Law include Use of Trained Dog Guide or Service Animal, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Status, Creed, Citizenship or Immigration Status, Marital Status, Honorably Discharged Veteran or Military Status, Protected Political Activity (e.g., supporting or not supporting a specific candidate, ballot proposition, political party, or political committee; does not protect campaigning, etc. in the workplace), and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

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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: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2021-04-28

Closing Date: 2021-05-27