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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309537

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Sciences

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 Synthesis and Processing Science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to investigate structure-property relationships in epitaxial complex oxide films and heterostructures, with a strong emphasis on energy storage and conversion materials. You will be mentored by Dr. 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 structural ordering and phase transitions in energy materials. 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 test 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 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

  • 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.

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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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Sciences or related field

  • Training and aptitude in experimental condensed matter physics

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):

  • In-depth knowledge, practical experience, and a good publication record in complex oxide thin film deposition and characterization. Previous research experience on understanding and control of the electronic, optical, magnetic, and ion transport properties in precisely designed heteroepitaxial thin films and devices is highly preferred.

  • Hands-on experience with ultra-high vacuum systems and advanced electron microscopy is highly desirable.

  • Working knowledge of materials characterization methods such as SIMS, XRD, and synchrotron based techniques, as well as properties measurement and device testing, such as 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

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: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2019-07-02

Closing Date: 2019-07-31