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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Chemical Engineer – Applied Catalysis in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310365

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Energy Processes and Materials

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Job Description

PNNL’s Energy Processes and Materials division is seeking a researcher who will provide expertise in the application of catalysts for energy-based processes. Applications include automotive emissions control, upgrading and utilization of unconventional hydrocarbons, including biomass-derived hydrocarbons, and/or computational modeling. The position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific and technical leadership in the area of catalysis; specifically in the areas of catalyst development, testing, scale-up and integration with reactor designs.

  • Support the development of cutting-edge capabilities in the areas of catalyst performance testing, characterization and kinetic modeling.

  • Support efforts to grow existing funded research programs in catalysis, including development of relationships with key clients and collaborators in industry, academia and other national laboratories.

  • Conduct state-of-the-art experimentation that also adhere to PNNL safety standards. Use know-how to help improve overall laboratory safety culture.

  • Prepare and present technical reports.

  • Deliver on assigned project tasks and meet project deliverables on time and within budget.

  • Identify opportunities for business development and growth.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering or equivalent. Industry and/or post-doctoral experience is a plus.

  • Experience working in industry is a plus.

  • In the emissions area, expertise in NOx reduction technologies (SCR, PNA, etc), low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation, and diesel particulate filtration is desired. A strong working knowledge of more than one of these technical areas is preferred, along with associated computational modelling expertise.A strong working knowledge of more than one of these technical areas, along with associated computational modelling expertise.

  • In the biomass conversion area, expertise in low temperature reactions such as acid catalyzed dehydrations, base catalyzed aldol condensation, hydrothermal liquefaction, and catalyst synthesis and characterization.

  • Professional Experience: The successful candidate must have experience working with a diverse set of people on project teams. He or she must possess strong analytical and communications skills, both oral and written, and be able to communicate clearly the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of their research. Excellent technical writing skills and a track record of published peer-reviewed journal articles is desired, along with the ability to contribute to the development of competitive research proposals to government and private clients.

  • Technical Expertise and Breadth of Knowledge: The successful candidate is able to advance catalyst technologies to one or more of the following technologies: unconventional hydrocarbon conversions, biomass-derived hydrocarbon conversions, and vehicle emissions reductions. In the emissions area, expertise in NOx reduction technologies (SCR, PNA, etc), low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation, and diesel particulate filtration is desired. In the biomass-derived hydrocarbon conversions area, expertise in acid-base catalysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, biomass conversion, bio-derived fuel upgraging, and low temperature catalysis is desired.

  • Must be proactive in the research community, knowledgeable of research advancements in science and industry, and maintain skills consistent with state of the art. Specifically, the candidate must be able to perform an analysis of technical results and apply technical principals and theories for new materials discovery and application.

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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Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Advanced Energy Systems

Opening Date: 2020-01-23

Closing Date: 2020-02-21