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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemical Sciences

Date: Jun 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8487 


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.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Soft Matter Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The postdoctoral research associate will focus on membrane materials and advanced separations and purification.     


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Work with a team of scientists seeking to advance the separation science and technology for critical materials recovery and recycling for clean energy applications
  • Work with the Membrane Technologies team to support a broad range of program development opportunities in the field of desalination, bioenergy technologies, and separations and purification involving critical materials to demonstrate the potential for technology commercialization with external partners
  • Participate and collaborate with other researchers in the development of new research directions and proposals for funding, invention disclosures and patent applications
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, environmental science and engineering, materials science and engineering, or a related field completed within the last 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A solid foundation in the science of separation and purification processes, materials chemistry, and engineering
  • Hands-on experience in applied research using materials for separations including design, synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and performance analysis
  • Research experience in membrane-based separation and purification
  • Process research and development experience in one or more separation processes such as nanofiltration, desalination, solvent extraction, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid separations, adsorption, and CO2 capture, separation and conversion.
  • Research experience in clean energy materials such as lanthanides, battery materials with primary focus on separation, recovery, and recycling
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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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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