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Job ID: 309978
Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences
Division: Physical Sciences
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. Post Doctorate’s come to PNNL to grow their careers working 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 goals in Experimental Nanomaterials Synthesis and Geochemistry as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). A new Post Doc within the Geochemistry Group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for major synthetic and geochemical processes such as heterogeneous nucleation, crystal growth, dissolution, and particle assembly. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including—Jun Liu and Maria L. Sushko—, as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics at interfaces between metal oxides and aqueous and non-aqueous solutions. You will also work to better understand processes such as hierarchical nanomaterials nucleation and growth, nanoparticle assembly, and the role of defects in interfacial chemistry. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE National User Facility on the PNNL campus.
We are in search of an ambitious early career researcher ready to test your talents and training in Experimental Chemistry 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.
· 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 PSD’s Geochemistry and Materials Groups, and across PNNL
· Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
· Co-lead the development of research proposals
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.
· Strong verbal and written communication skills.
· Knowledge of/experience with multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of solids or solid interfaces with aqueous solutions for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions, interfacial structure and/or kinetics.
· Experience synthesizing well-defined model nanoparticles, nanorods or two-dimensional nanomaterials.
· Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, design and execution of batch and/or mixed flow reactor experiments with solid suspensions.
· A background in one or more of the following spectroscopic or microscopic solids/interfacial characterization approaches: scanning probe microscopies, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy.
· A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts.
· The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.
· Ph.D. in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences or related fields.
· Training and aptitude in Experimental Materials Synthesis.