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Geosciences Experimental Chemist

RICHLAND, WA


Job Description

Job ID: 308251
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Description

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. Early career scientist staff come to PNNL to grow their careers working 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!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in Experimental Geochemistry as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a Level 2 Chemist in the Geochemistry Group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for reaction rates of major geochemical processes such as crystal growth, dissolution, adsorption, and electron transfer. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including—Kevin M. Rosso, James J. De Yoreo, and John S. Loring—, as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed structure and chemical dynamics at the interface between mineral nanoparticles and aqueous solutions. You will also work to better understand processes such as redox-catalyzed transformations, defect incorporation, and/or particle-mediated crystal growth. This position is based in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE National User Facility on the PNNL campus.
We are in search of an ambitious early career researcher ready to test your talents and training in Experimental Geochemistry and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.
• 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 problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the Geochemistry Group, EMSL, PSD and across PNNL
• Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
• Co-lead the development of research proposals

Discipline, principal job duties/expectations, and qualitative and quantitative measures of performance that exceed the Functional Descriptor:
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of/experience with multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of solids or solid interfaces with aqueous solutions for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions and/or kinetics.
• Experience synthesizing and/or preparing well-defined model mineral nanoparticles or single crystals.
• Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, design and execution of batch and/or mixed flow reactor experiments with solid suspensions.
• A background in one or more of the following spectroscopic or microscopic solids/interfacial characterization approaches: scanning probe microscopies, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman and/or IR vibrational spectroscopies, time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies, non-linear optical spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray absorption or scattering spectroscopies, neutron scattering, mass spectrometries and/or associated imaging methods, Mössbauer spectroscopy, or X-ray diffraction.
• A proven track record of publications and presentations demonstrating the proficiency in utilizing aforementioned spectroscopy and microscopy techniques.
• A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts.
• The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.


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 jobs.pnnl.gov.


Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience, or an advanced degree.


Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Geochemistry, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences or related fields.
• Training and aptitude in Experimental Geochemistry.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Knowledge of/experience with multi-method experimental and analytical characterization of solids or solid interfaces with aqueous solutions for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions and/or kinetics.
• Experience synthesizing and/or preparing well-defined model mineral nanoparticles or single crystals.
• Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, design and execution of batch and/or mixed flow reactor experiments with solid suspensions.
• A background in one or more of the following spectroscopic or microscopic solids/interfacial characterization approaches: scanning probe microscopies, scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Raman and/or IR vibrational spectroscopies, time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopies, non-linear optical spectroscopies, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, synchrotron X-ray absorption or scattering spectroscopies, neutron scattering, mass spectrometries and/or associated imaging methods, Mössbauer spectroscopy, or X-ray diffraction.
• A proven track record of publications and presentations demonstrating the proficiency in utilizing aforementioned spectroscopy and microscopy techniques.
• A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts.
• The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308251
Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences
Division: Physical Sciences
Group: Geochemistry


Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment
• PNNL is committed to maintaining a safe workplace. To further this goal, PNNL has adopted safety standards, guidelines and processes. Employees are required to comply with all standards, guidelines and processes, as well as any applicable laws or regulations regarding workplace safety. PNNL protects the environment from unacceptable risks resulting from its operations through the implementation of a comprehensive sustainable environmental management system.