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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310999

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Catalysis Science

Job Description

The Opportunity

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in experimental Surface Science with a focus on high-resolution imaging via scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under the guidance of Zdenek Dohnalek within the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). Two positions are available, one with a focus on catalysis and the other on quantum materials. The catalysis position will focus on studies of the structure, stability, and catalytic activity of well-defined model systems comprised of single-metal-atoms and monodispersed-oxide-clusters supported on oxide surfaces. The complementary methods will include molecular beam scattering, low energy electron spectroscopy, X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopies, and low energy ion scattering. You will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore catalytic reactions that are critical for harvesting renewable energy resources. The studies will focus on the detailed mechanistic understanding of hydrogenation, deoxygenation, carbon-carbon coupling chemistry of CO 2 and organic oxygenates found in renewable feedstocks. The second position in quantum materials will utilize identical instrumentation and focus on the integration of metals with layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) with a particular focus on WTe 2 (001). Metals that provide different functions and can be ultimately employed as contacts, magnetic layers, and superconducting films will be selected. The primary focus will be on understanding chemical interactions associated with such interfaces and adhesion of metal atoms, clusters, and thin films. Participation in both projects is possible.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in Surface Science 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 within the Physical Sciences Division, and across PNNL

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings

  • Participate in the development of research proposals

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

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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 three-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.

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or related field

Training and aptitude in Surface Science

Preferred Qualifications

Not all need to be met:

  • Experience in ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy is essential

  • Skilled with high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy imaging

  • Proficiency with a range of surface-sensitive spectroscopic techniques such as temperature programmed spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

  • 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

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: Catalysis Science

Opening Date: 2020-07-20

Closing Date: 2020-08-07