Postdoctoral Research Associate - Glenn T. Seaborg Initiative

Date: May 13, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 10555 


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 Glenn T. Seaborg Initiative (GTSI) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is committed to enhancing and maintaining US capabilities in actinide science and technology by helping to attract, develop, and retain the workforce of actinide scientists to meet the needs of the nation.


Topic of Interest

This call is supported by the Plutonium-238 Supply Program which seeks to reestablish a domestic supply of heat source plutonium-238 oxide in support of NASA’s deep space and planetary exploration missions. This call will focus on advancing the understanding of liquid-liquid extraction and ion exchange techniques as applied to the chemical separations needed within the Plutonium-238 Supply Program. Research which considers the study of redox chemistry as applied to neptunium/plutonium nitrate solutions is of specific interest.


Application Process and Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from April 15, 2023, through July 30, 2023, for positions starting in the 2023/2024 timeframe, although earlier appointments are possible. Positions will support one postdoc for two years.


You must first apply for the GTSI postdoctoral fellowship on the ORNL Jobs website. Visit and search for “ORNL GTSI Program.” Click on the job link and complete the application as directed.


Within 2 weeks following completion of your application, please e-mail the following documents to . Please note all supporting documents are due no later than June 30th at 5 pm EST:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current CV
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from Ph. D. advisor)
  5. Designated postdoctoral mentor
  6. A concise (1 page maximum) research proposal related to the topic of interest


Basic Qualifications:

  • To be eligible you must have completed a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field with in the last 5 years
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position


Selection Process


The Seaborg Postdoctoral Researcher Internal Review Committee will evaluate applications based on candidate excellence and relevance of the proposed research topic.


● Proposed Seaborg Researcher research project

○ Creativity and innovation

○ Impact on program’s mission

○ Research approach

● Proposed Seaborg Researcher candidate

○ Strength of candidate


Successful candidates must be approved by the ORNL Postdoc Program before receiving funding and performing research.


Final selections will be made by the Seaborg Initiative Leadership Team based on rankings, programmatic balance, project strategic importance, and budget.


Performance Requirements

The Seaborg Postdoctoral Researcher Program requires performance metrics of activities and resource management reporting. Successful Seaborg Postdoctoral Researchers are required to report project activities and to participate in program activities with funding dependent upon compliance with these requirements:

  1. Recipients are required to participate in the Actinide Science Lecture Series by both attending and presenting scientific lectures on actinide science in this Series
  2. Submission of a viewgraph and detailed proposal outlining goals within a month of starting postdoctoral appointment.
  3. Provision of a list of project publications and presentations each fiscal quarter.
  4. Acknowledgement of NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) as a financial contributor in all publications or presentations.
  5. Upon completion of the appointment, the recipient will be required to submit short reports on research progress, publications, presentations, and future employment status.
  6. Must have an ORCiD account.


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Visa Sponsorship: Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.


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.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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