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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309626

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!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in catalysis as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As an experimental postdoctoral researcher in the Catalysis Science group, you will join a multi-investigator team focused on the design of molecular catalysts for the hydrogenation of CO 2 , carboxylic acids, and related species, with an emphasis on the impact of solvent on catalysis. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including Aaron Appel, Eric Wiedner, and John Linehan, as you develop your experimental research, seeking to understand design concepts for molecular catalysts, often in close collaboration with heterogeneous catalysis colleagues.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are interested in becoming a postdoctoral researcher in catalysis at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in catalysis, 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 solve problems with a diverse team of co-workers in the Catalysis Science group, PSD and across PNNL

  • Present research at technical conferences and project review meetings

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

Email PNNL Recruiter Fred Bond at for details, or share this opportunity with someone you know today.

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 Chemistry

  • Experience in experimental catalysis research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • Experience with synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic chemistry

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

  • Proficiency with a range of spectroscopic techniques, particularly NMR spectroscopy

  • 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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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.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Catalysis Science

Opening Date: 2019-07-29

Closing Date: 2019-08-31