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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309556

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 meeting scientific challenges that underpin the development of advanced technologies, including the design of novel materials for energy storage and revealing the mechanisms of ion solvation phenomena and diffusion processes. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to study the ion transport phenomena in solid and liquid electrolyte materials. You will be conducting experimental nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) research working towards a predictive understanding of redox active molecules structure and stability, including atomic-scale mechanisms of solvation processes such as ligand exchange phenomena, diffusion and clustering processes. This position is based in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD) at the PNNL-Richland campus.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to use your talents and training in NMR studies of energy storage related materials and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the energy storage research, 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 within the materials science group, PSD, across PNNL, and partner institutions.

  • 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 chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, or related field.

  • Significant experience and aptitude in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):

  • Strong background in solid-state and liquid-state NMR measurements.

  • Track record of NMR studies conducted on quadrupolar nuclei (e.g. 23 Na, 7 Li ) and low gamma nuclei (e.g. 17 O, 33 S, 14 N).

  • Experience in both Varian and Bruker NMR instrumentation.

  • Track record of using two dimensional (2D), relaxatometry, and pulse field gradient based NMR methods.

  • Experience troubleshooting NMR experiments and instrumentation.

  • Familiarity with the principles of NMR pulse sequences and quantum mechanics.

  • Strong analytical and communications skills.

  • The ability to adapt and/or refine experimental tools as needed.

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: 2019-07-08

Closing Date: 2019-07-22