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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doc Research Associate - Ion transport at oxide/water interfaces in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312031

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Coastal Sciences

Group: Coastal Research

Job Description

We are seeking an outstanding Post-Doctoral candidate to join our multi-disciplinary team investigating interactions between water, solutes, and the materials used for separation. The successful applicant will conduct experimental research on model oxide systems and investigate interfacial structure and ion transport under non-equilibrium conditions to characterize factors influencing ion transport and selectivity at the oxide/water interface. Efforts will include controlled synthesis of oxide substrates and characterization of the oxide-water interface using a variety of spectroscopy and microscopy techniques. The project requires working in close collaboration with simulation and modeling experts at PNNL to develop a reliable theoretical description of solution structure, interfacial interactions, and ion transport at the oxide/water interface. The successful applicant will be a member of the PNNL-Seattle office and will have access to research facilities and resources at the University of Washington in Seattle and PNNL campuses in Richland, and Sequim.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for at least three references (combine all these documents into a single .pdf before uploading). For questions and additional information regarding the opportunity, please contact Chinmayee Subban (

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

  • Experience with synthesis of oxide materials and general wet chemistry techniques

  • Practical experience with a broad range of materials characterization techniques, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and synchrotron-based techniques.

  • Understanding of fundamentals of electrochemistry and prior practical experience with common electrochemical characterization techniques (CV, EIS)

  • Ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools to meet project needs

  • Ability to plan and execute research and take initiative in the completion of important project tasks

  • Experience with publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at scientific conferences

  • Ability to work both independently and in collaborative team environment

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • PhD in chemistry, materials science, or related field. 3.5 GPA or higher is preferred

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: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Coastal Research

Opening Date: 2021-04-27

Closing Date: 2021-05-17