Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydroecologist or Environmental Scientist

Date: Jul 4, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 13148 

Purpose

The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), http://www.esd.ornl.gov at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov seeks a highly motivated and creative individual skilled in biogeochemistry or stream ecology to work on a project investigating the effects of coupled geochemical, microbiological, and hydrological processes on mercury (Hg) transformations leading to the formation and destruction of methyl mercury in sediment-surface water systems.  Current research at ORNL in this area spans from the molecular to the field scales although for this position work will be conducted at the laboratory microcosm to field scales.  The integration of field, laboratory, and simulation research will be used to inform decisions related to environmental remediation and long-term stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic systems. 

 

Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will focus their research efforts on understanding, within a watershed context, the geochemical and ecological drivers controlling Hg transformation and bioaccumulation in an industrially contaminated creek on the Oak Ridge Reservation. 
  • Specific tasks include design and execution of independent experiments, working independently and in a cooperative team setting in the field collecting, processing, and preserving samples, and processing and analyzing the samples upon return to the laboratory. 
  • Summarizing research in oral and written format, active participation in internal and external scientific meetings, and publishing research in open peer-reviewed journals is expected. 
  • Opportunities exist to collaborate with skilled researchers in hydrology, geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and ecology within ORNL, at collaborating Universities and other National Laboratories.

 

Qualifications Required

  • Ph.D. in environmental chemistry, (bio)geochemistry, stream hydroecology, or a related discipline. 
  • Experience in Hg research, applying (bio)geochemical models, and the analysis of kinetic data is desired. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are required. 
  • The candidate must have the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

 

Applicants cannot have received their PhD 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 up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.

 

Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to postdocrecruitment@ornl.gov with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.

 

Instructions to upload documents to your candidate profile:

  • Login to your account via jobs.ornl.gov
  • View Profile
  • Under the My Documents section, select Add a Document

 

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.

 

Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

 

Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

 

Other benefits include: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


Candidates may contact Dr. Scott Brooks at brookssc@ornl.gov with questions.

 

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

 

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

 

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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.


If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.


ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.


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