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Post Doctorate RA - Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis

The Opportunity
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. Contribute to PNNL’s goals in catalysis as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As an experimental postdoctoral researcher in the Catalysis Science group, you will join a collaborative team focused on the design of molecular catalysts for electrochemical fuel forming and utilization reactions, such as the oxidation of ammonia or alcohols, or reduction of oxygen. As part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis (an Energy Frontier Research Center), you will be mentored by research chemists, including Morris Bullock, Aaron Appel, and Eric Wiedner, as you develop your experimental research, seeking to understand design concepts for molecular catalysts, often in close collaboration with heterogeneous catalysis colleagues and university partners.

The Ideal Candidate
If you are interested in becoming a postdoctoral researcher in catalysis at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in catalysis, 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 solve problems with a diverse team of co-workers
  • Present research at technical conferences and project review meetings
  • Participate in the development of research proposals

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

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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 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.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • Experience in experimental catalysis research

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience in organic and inorganic synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic studies
  • Synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive materials (drybox and Schlenk techniques)
  • Proficiency with a range of spectroscopic techniques, particularly NMR spectroscopy
  • Experience with electrochemistry
  • Functional knowledge of thermodynamic and kinetic concepts