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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Nanoparticle synthesis and crystal growth mechanism in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310163

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

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 understanding the complex systems and phenomena vital to the nation's energy and environmental resources as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD) and in close partnership with the Energy and Environment Directorate (EED). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Geochemistry group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to optimize the synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, as well as investigate the crystal growth and phase transformation mechanisms. You will focus on developing a line of experimental research involving size and morphology controlled synthesize and characterize nanoparticles and investigate the crystal growth and phase transformation mechanisms using various in situ and ex situ techniques, such as in situ S/TEM to address critical questions in the areas of chemistry, geochemistry, and energy materials.

The Ideal Candidate:

If you are ready to test your talents and training in Physics, Materials, Chemical Engineering, and/or Chemistry and hone your skills as a postdoctoral researcher at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. The ideal person has an interest in advancing measurement approaches and applying them to complex problems. 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

  • Design novel approaches to investigate the crystal growth and phase transformation mechanisms

  • Strong background on various in situ and ex situ techniques such as high resolution STEM characterization on single atom and small clusters

  • Preferred skills: STEM EELS and SEM-FIB technique

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the PSD, EMSL, and across PNNL

  • Contribute as a team member to support publications and reports led by other scientists

  • 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

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.

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

A postdoctoral position is immediately available to size and morphology controlled synthesize and characterize nanoparticles, as well as investigate the crystal growth and phase transformation mechanisms with a strong emphasis on the use of advanced resources at PNNL and associated DOE user facilities.

In-depth knowledge, practical experience, and a good publication record in Nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. Hands-on experience with various in situ and ex situ techniques such as high resolution STEM is highly desirable. In addition, the candidate should possess functional knowledge of various complementary materials characterization methods such as SEM, AFM, Raman, XRD, and/or synchrotron based techniques.

A background in one or more of the following research areas, involving nanoparticle synthesis, nucleation and crystal growth, S/TEM, FIB-SEM, and AFM.

Strong verbal and written communications skills.

The postdoc will work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the Lab, and must be able to work closely and communicate effectively with experimentalist and computational modeling colleagues. The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

Be able to recognize abnormal operating conditions, correct and report to supervisor and warranty provider in a timely and responsible manner.

Provide direct support and field oversight of research activities involving Nanoparticle synthesis and characterization; Supervise and coordinate work from multiple projects. Keep accurate and legible operating records associated with assigned job.

PhD in chemistry, physics, physical chemistry, geochemistry, materials science, Chemical Engineering or related fields.

Nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, strong background on high resolution STEM 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: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2019-11-22

Closing Date: 2019-12-27