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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis

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Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 200 


This position seeks to fill a research role in heterogeneous catalysis for bioenergy and other clean energy applications.  The research will include synthesis of novel catalyst materials, evaluation and characterization of the resulting novel catalysts for clean energy applications.  Of particular interest are bioenergy applications such as the conversion of biomass feedstocks into transportation fuels and valuable co-products.  Experience with synthesis of zeolite-based catalysts is preferred.  The research will be primarily experimental, but knowledge of catalyst fundamentals and links to modeling of catalyst surface chemistry is of interest.  The chosen candidate is expected to conduct independent research in the areas of: 1) synthesis of novel catalytic materials, 2) evaluation of catalyst performance in complex conversion processes on bench scale reactors and 3) catalyst characterizations.


The position is in the Applied Catalysis and Emissions Research Group in the Energy and Transportation Sciences Division; however, the successful candidate will collaborate with other researchers across ORNL.  The successful candidate will have excellent technical communication skills and interface with collaborating scientists at other national labs, industry, and universities.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

- Conduct research in the synthesis of zeolites and other catalyst materials.

- Conduct research to characterize and analyze the performance of novel catalyst materials for bioenergy applications.

- Present and report research results in high-impact peer reviewed journals, conferences, and project reviews


Qualifications Required

- A PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or related field completed in the last five years in heterogeneous catalysis research area

- A record of excellence in catalysis research as evidenced through peer-reviewed journal publications

- Demonstrated experience working independently to achieve research project goals 


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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