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Staff Scientist/Engineer in Catalytic Transformations

Date: Jun 17, 2022

Location: Knoxville, TN, US, 37932

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8300 

 

Purpose

 

The Chemical Process Scale Up Group in the Energy Efficient Manufacturing Science Division is seeking to hire a nationally recognized expert in catalysis and catalytic transformations specifically in the area of ethanol upgrading to sustainable aviation fuel. 

 

The staff scientist will join our biomass conversion team as an integrated member of our bioenergy technology program which involves on-going collaborations among multiple national laboratories. The successful candidate will conduct research independently but collaboratively in catalysis synthesis and continuous flow catalytic processes development for sustainability research with a focus on sustainable aviation fuel. Research will include development of novel catalysts, experimental design, reaction kinetics, product analysis and integration with technoeconomic and lifecycle analysis.

 

In this position you will develop and lead basic to applied research in bioenergy, transportation, and energy storage and work in multi-disciplinary teams. The Chemical Process Scale-Up Group is highly collaborative interdisciplinary team of chemical engineers, material scientists and chemists working toward advance functional materials and processes for scalable catalytic conversions of biomass and derived intermediates; more information can be found at https://www.energy.gov/eere/eere-initiatives-and-projects. The candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with the consortia teams as well as other ORNL researchers and actively present results at team meetings and conferences.

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Lead projects and tasks in a dynamic research environment with diverse technical teams to maintain a high level of scientific productivity and to meet project/task milestones
  • Develop new and novel multifunctional heterogeneous catalytic system to enable the conversion of biomass or bioderived building blocks to more complex carbon scaffolds suitable for conversion to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) components.
  • Responsible for experiment design and implementation including hydrogenations, reductions, deoxygenations, carbon-carbon coupling reactions, condensations in both batch and continuous flow systems.
  • Construction and development of packed bed reactor systems for chemical reaction development to aid in the development of kinetic models
  • Have expertise in use of common analytical techniques to evaluate chemical conversions including GC-MS, NMR, HPLC etc.
  • Participate in aspects of chemical process development, including technoeconomic analysis, lifecycle analysis and process scale-up.
  • Responsible for preparing, presenting, and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in key peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.
  • Develop new ideas and extend proposals beyond the scope of currently sponsored project(s).
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

 

Qualifications Required

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, chemistry (polymer, organic synthetic), materials science and engineering, biochemical engineering, or a closely related discipline; a minimum of ten years of post-PhD experience is required.
  • Experience in ethanol and methane conversion
  • Ability to analyze organic compounds by analytical instruments including GC-MS & HPLC; maintain and troubleshooting skills are required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues
  • Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish tasks on time, and adapt to ever-changing needs

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • An excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Capable of conducting creative research independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues
  • Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish tasks on time, and adapt to ever-changing needs
  • Desired experience in catalyst synthesis and characterization.  Experience with high pressure reactions, catalyst development and synthesis of heterogenous catalysts. Excellent analytical skills to determine composition of complex mixtures and to identify major species present using an array of complimentary techniques.
  • Familiarity with biomass and upgrading pathways of biomass to fuels and chemicals.

 

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.

 

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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