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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311046

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Sciences

Job Description

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 Synthesis and Processing Science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to investigate the fundamental structure-property relationships in epitaxial complex oxide films and heterostructures, with a strong emphasis on electronic, spintronic, and energy storage materials. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including Scott Chambers and Yingge Du, as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the effects of composition, structure and defects on the physical, chemical, and electrochemical properties of these systems. You will also work to better understand mechanisms and processes governing the emerging quantum phenomena in complex materials systems. 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 use your talents and training in Physics, Materials, or Chemistry 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 will you do:

  • Conduct research on the design, synthesis and characterization of functional complex oxides, focusing on surfaces, thin films, hetero-junctions, and superlattices.

  • Fabricate multi-layer structures and devices for property (e.g., electronic, magnetic, optical, and ion transport) testing.

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff.

  • Provide scientific and technical support to projects led by other team members.

  • 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.

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

  • In-depth knowledge, practical experience, and a good publication record in epitaxial deposition and characterization, preferably on complex oxides.

  • Previous research experience in the area of the electronic, optical, magnetic, and ion transport properties in precisely designed heteroepitaxial thin films and devices is highly desirable.

  • Hands-on experience with and understanding of oxygen assisted molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) are highly desirable.

  • Detailed knowledge of and hands-on experience with materials characterization methods, such as AFM, SIMS, XRD, and synchrotron-based techniques, as well as properties measurements and device testing, based on PPMS, electrochemistry, and routine cleanroom bench work.

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

  • Ability to work independently 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 diverse group of scientists and technical staff, ability to communicate effectively with experimentalist and computational modeling colleagues.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.


  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related field

  • Training and aptitude in experimental condensed matter physics

  • Expertise in thin film synthesis and characterization

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: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2020-07-30

Closing Date: 2020-08-29