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Post Doctorate RA - Chemical Physics


Job Description

Job ID: 308253
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Description

The Opportunity:
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. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs 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!
Contribute to PNNL’s goals in Theoretical Chemical Physics as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Theoretical Chemical Physics group, you will carry out research on chemical physics of solvation using computational simulations, ab intio MD and high level electronic structure calculations. You will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the molecular-level basis for processes that control chemical reactivity and transformation of energy that impact complex systems associated with catalysis, energy storage, separations and contaminant transport in mineral and aqueous environments. You will be mentored by active researchers, including Greg Schenter, Liem Dang, Shawn Kathmann, Chris Mundy, Sotiris Xantheas and Marat Valiev. As you develop a line of theoretical research, working to understand phenomena in complexes.

The Ideal Candidate:
If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in physical chemistry 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.

What you will do:
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 Theoretical Chemical Physics, EMSL, PSD and across PNNL
Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
Participate in the development of research proposals

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.
Email PNNL Recruiter Fred Bond at for details, or share this opportunity with someone you know today.

About PNNL:
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.

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

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

Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences or related field
Training and aptitude in theoretical physical chemistry and molecular simulation

Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Knowledge of/experience with molecular simulation of interfaces for the purpose of understanding chemical reactions and/or kinetics
Experience preparing well-defined simulations
Proficiency in use of computational tools
A background in one or more of the following: Molecular Dynamics, Electronic Structure,
A functional grasp of basic thermodynamics and kinetics concepts
The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate simualtion tools as needed.

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308253
Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences
Division: Physical Sciences
Group: Chemical Physics & Analysis