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Post Doctorate RA - Materials Science

We are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Researcher to join our materials sciences group to explore phenomena associated with cluster dynamics, interfacial structure, nucleation, self-assembly and crystal growth, with applications to exploring fundamental problems in biomolecular, colloidal, and geochemical systems. The successful candidate will have a strong background in in situ nanoscale materials characterization using in situ and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and/or atomic force microscopy (AFM), as well as an ability to apply methods of machine learning to data analysis. The candidate will work as part of a team that includes world-leaders in in-situ microscopy, advanced surface spectroscopies, materials synthesis, statistical physics, and molecular-to-mesoscale modeling. The candidate will also prepare manuscripts for publication, present the research work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for the funded research.

  • Perform in situ nanoscale investigations of materials formation processes in liquids 
  • Apply machine learning to analysis of in situ microscopy data
  • Prepare manuscripts and presentations

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:

  • A strong background in in-situ investigations of materials formation processes in liquids.
  • Experience using advanced microscopy methods such as liquid phase and cryo-TEM, high speed AFM, 3D-AFM, or dynamic force spectroscopy are essential.
  • Skilled at application of machine learning to analyze in situ microscopy data on dynamic processes.
  • Experience in materials synthesis, especially involving inorganic nanoparticles and/or biomolecular materials, and experience using complementary nanoscale characterization techniques, including TEM, XRD, SEM, XPS, DLS, etc...
  • Strong knowledge of physical chemical principles underlying processes of interfacial dynamics, nucleation self-assembly, and crystal growth.
  • The applicant must have the ability to work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the national lab, including experimentalists and computational modelers.
  • The applicant must have strong, safety-oriented laboratory skills. They must be able to recognize abnormal operating conditions, correct and report to supervisor and warranty provider in a timely and responsible manner. They must have the ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects, while keeping accurate and legible operating records associated with assigned job. Strong verbal and written communications skills, and a demonstrated record of publishing in first class journals

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
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About PNNL
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work 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!

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.

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If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use.  Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug.  If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn. 

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement
In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential.  To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation.  This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year.  This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements
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.

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* Research Associates excluded.

**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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