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Post Doc - Experimental Actinides Study

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory- Talent Acquisition
Richland, Washington State
salary + benefits + relocation
Closing date
Oct 15, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Science, Other Physics
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As a postdoctoral researcher in PNNL’s Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate (PCSD), you will join a team led by Herman Cho that is investigating structure and bonding of the actinide elements using advanced spectroscopic methods, primarily solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance and nuclear quadrupole resonance spectroscopy.  Our team interacts with a diverse group of collaborators in the preparation and synthesis of samples and the development of theoretical explanations of experimental observations.  This project is funded by the Heavy Element Chemistry Program of the U.S. DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences.


What you will do:

Conduct independent research and work on team projects
Lead manuscript preparation and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature
Interact, communicate, and collaborate with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL
Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
Contribute to the development of research proposals


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 (not all need to be met):

• Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry, Solid State Physics, Materials Sciences, or related field
• Strong background in solid-state NMR and/or NQR spectroscopy
• Knowledge interpreting and simulating NMR and NQR data
• Expertise in solid state physics, particularly theories of magnetism and magnetic materials
• Ability to design, engineer, construct, and repair radiofrequency circuitry
• Ability to design, engineer, and build custom scientific instrumentation
• Computer programming skills
• Experience with cryogenic experimental methods and equipment
• Knowledge of methods in synthetic inorganic chemistry
• Willingness to work in a cooperative, collaborative environment
• Independent and self-motivated
• Commitment to performing laboratory work safely and conscientiously
• Proficiency in written and verbal communication

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Work with actinide elements.

Additional Information

Not applicable

Testing Designated Position

Not applicable
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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

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Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation.  Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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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