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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Polymer Characterization and Synthesis

Date: Nov 21, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 9548 

Overview: 

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 an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate with experience in scattering from charged polymers and copolymers. The position resides in the Macromolecular Nanomaterials Group, Nanomaterials Synthesis Section, at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division (CNMS), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The postdoc will be involved in designing and synthesizing monomers and macromolecules for investigating non-equilibrium phenomena and transport behavior in polymer materials, including solid state and solution properties. Polymers to be studied include homopolymers, block copolymers, polyelectrolytes, and macro-initiators. Experience in deuteration capabilities is a plus.

 

The ideal candidate should have strong skills in polymer synthesis and characterization to work on projects that take advantage of unique capabilities and collaborations within CNMS and the ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). As part of our research team, the postdoc will be working with a highly interdisciplinary team of scientists at the CNMS, the SNS, and across other divisions at ORNL, including the Chemical Sciences Division, with complementary skillsets in neutron scattering experiments (neutron reflectometry, small-angle neutron scattering, and neutron spin-echo).

 

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering of bulk samples
  • X-ray and neutron reflectivity of thin films
  • Dynamic light scattering and rheology of polymer solutions
  • Preparation of coacervates based on charged polymers and their characterization
  • High competence in general on macromolecular or polymer characterization
  • Work closely with the Functional Atomic Force Microscopy group, Functional Hybrid Nanomaterials group, and the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the CNMS to study and improve molecular materials
  • Present and report research results and publish in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Polymer Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or a closely related science discipline completed within the last five years

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong background in polymer characterization with an emphasis on scattering
  • Experience in basic chemical characterization including gel permeation chromatography (GPC), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), light scattering, thermal characterization, and viscoelastic measurements
  • A record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations
  • The ability to be a self-starter, to work independently, and to participate creatively in a collaborative team environment
  • Proven ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities, multi- task, and adapt to ever changing needs

 

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 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.


For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.

 

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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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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