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Post Doc Research Associate - Advanced Lighting

Job Description
The Advanced Lighting Team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is looking for a post-doctoral scholar to join our team to conduct and disseminate research on emerging areas of lighting science.

Your primary focus will be a project titled Physiological Basis of Metamerism , which has been conceptualized to probe the following: When two metameric lights are a visual match to a human observer, in what ways to the eye and brain have equal responses, and in what ways are the responses different? The project will investigate the underlying visual mechanisms and eye-brain physiology associated with metamerism.

While Physiological Basis of Metamerism will be your primary project, PNNL is interested in supporting your academic and professional development. We will work with you to develop an Individual Development Plan that will define the scope, goals, and anticipated products from your research training and professional development activities. We intend to support your development of the six core competencies: discipline specific conceptual knowledge, research skill development, communication skills, professionalism, leadership and management skills, and responsible conduct of research. The best measure of success for a postdoctoral research associate is subsequent employment as a regular member of our team.
The research portfolio of PNNL’s Advanced Lighting Team includes the visual effects of light on human perceptions of glare, flicker, and color; other physiological effects of light such as circadian and acute alerting effects; lighting used in horticultural applications; and other related topics. As part of your engagement and assimilation with the PNNL team, we would welcome your involvement in one or more of these other topics.
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
The desired candidate will have an emerging track record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and a drive to strengthen their publication record and research impacts.
In addition, the candidate will preferably have the following qualifications:
  • A desire to be part of a team that is working to bridge the scientific and technical gaps between the fundamental science of light/eye/brain relationships and applied illuminating engineering
  • A demonstrated commitment to collaboration, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated understanding and ability to interpret and apply basic theories, principles, methods, tools, and technologies related to the physiological effects of light on humans
  • Demonstrated familiarity of the scientific literature about the physiological effects of light on humans
  • Experience with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) equipment and experimental protocols
  • Experience with apparatus design, especially spectral design and optical delivery of light stimuli to human observers
  • Experience with the tools and techniques for measuring human physiological responses to light
  • Strong programming skills, such as with MATLAB, Python, Excel, and/or other programming languages
  • Experience running human factors research, including protocol design and collaboration with an institutional review board (IRB)

Preferred Education/Credential:
  • Completed (or within 6-months of completing) a Doctorate Degree in engineering, psychology, neuroscience, vision science, biophysics, and related disciplines.

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.