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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemical Imaging

Date: Sep 16, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8850 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


The Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences (GIS) Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites outstanding applications for a postdoctoral research associate to study mineral hydroxylation and carbonation reactions using a variety of microscopy techniques (including atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam, atom probe tomography, scanning electron microscopy or other microscopy techniques) and X-ray/neutron scattering techniques. As a post-doc, you will work with scientists in GIS and at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) to observe the rates of chemical reactions important for direct air capture of CO2 using mineral looping. The position resides in the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities

Conduct independent research using multimodal imaging methods, which will include developing/optimizing methodologies for mineral analyses

  • Perform hydroxylation and carbonation experiments at varying temperature and pressure
  • Collaborate with ORNL researchers on the design and execution of chemical imaging and X-ray/neutron scattering experiments
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Physical Sciences, such as Geology, Geochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related disciplines completed within the last 5 years
  • Strong background in microscopy techniques (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, atom probe tomography)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in wet chemistry
  • Data analyses experience, e.g., using machine learning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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