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Post Doctorate RA - Chemical Physics & Analysis

RICHLAND, WA
Post-Graduates and Post-Docs


Job Description

Job ID: 306945
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

The Chemical Physics and Analysis Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has a postdoctoral position available starting in November 2017. The selected candidate will collaborate with PNNL scientists using fs, ps and cw lasers to study surface selective excitation of metal, metal-insulator, and metal-molecule samples. We use photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) to interrogate ultrafast dynamics of excited-state processes. In particular, fs lasers and other photon sources are used to excite a variety of nanostructures and interfaces, and interrogate the resulting photoelectron emission. The initial emphasis will be on plasmonic metal nanostructures on thin film and single-crystal metal and metal-oxide samples. A second project explores near-field optical nano-spectroscopy for imaging applications. An ideal applicant would have hands-on experience in multimodal microscopy instrument development, including measurement automation, as well as ambient and liquid-phase scanning probe microscopy. Additional experience in one of the following is desirable: linear/nonlinear optical nano-imaging, ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and chemical or biological imaging. Ongoing research is designed to explore plasmon coupling, propagation, focusing in ultrasensitive spectroscopy. We are further interested in control and measurement of nanoscale electric fields by surface/tip enhanced Raman and other spectroscopies using a combined theoretical/experimental approach.
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Equal Employment Opportunity

PNNL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse, talented workforce. EOE Disability/Vet/M/F/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
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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.
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Preferred Qualifications

We seek a highly motivated and creative scientist to work in a collaborative environment with PNNL scientists. Prior experience using short-pulsed lasers and knowledge of laser/surface interactions is desirable. Knowledge of optical spectroscopy, condensed-phase physics, data analysis and computer simulations is highly desirable. Experience with techniques such as AFM, SEM, TEM, SERS and optical microscopy is advantageous.

Preferred Education: Physical Chemistry or Physics
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Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 306945
Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences
Division: Physical Sciences
Group: Chemical Physics & Analysis
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