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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Synthesis and Processing Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311819

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Sciences

Job Description

The Opportunity: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a premier research institution powered by a highly educated, workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with world-class 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 hardworking, multi-investigator team to investigate structure-property relationships in epitaxial complex oxide films and heterostructures. You will be mentored by prominent researchers 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 defect creation, structural ordering and phase transitions in epitaxial materials. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), an outstanding DOE User Facility on the PNNL campus.

The Ideal Candidate: If you are ready to test your talents and training and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct research on synthesis and characterization of oxide films, heterostructures, and multi-layers.

  • Lead manuscript development.

  • Interact, communicate, and tackle problem with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

  • Participate in weekly group meetings.

  • Present research at technical conferences and review meetings.

  • Participate in the development of research proposals.

  • Train and mentor others.

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 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

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training (not all need to be met):

  • Track record in epitaxial deposition of oxides using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) techniques.

  • Experience in characterization of the electronic, optical, magnetic, and ion transport properties.

  • Practical experience with and understanding principles of atomic force microscopy (AFM), secondary-ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and synchrotron-based techniques.

  • Hands-on experience with property measurements and device testing based on PPMS, electrochemistry, and routine cleanroom bench work.

  • Record of excellence in research, as supported by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • 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 collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical staff.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

Preferred Education/Credential:

  • PhD degree Materials Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or a related field

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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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2021-03-16

Closing Date: 2021-04-14