Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors.
We are seeking an early- to mid- career staff scientist to contribute to PNNL’s goals in our theoretical Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science program. Work in this area emphasizes basic research at the boundary of chemistry and physics, pursuing a molecular-level understanding of chemical, physical, and electron- and photon-driven processes in liquids and at interfaces. Our scientific goals are to extend theory, modeling, and computational frameworks to encompass the effects of condensed media and interfaces. We develop a multidisciplinary capability for describing condensed phase and interfacial chemical processes relevant to improved energy technologies, and to create state-of-the-art research, computational and theoretical methods for characterizing complex materials and phenomena. Much of our research involves collaboration with experimental colleagues.
As a staff scientist in the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD) you will join a talented, multi-investigator team working in theoretical Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science. You will establish your own independent research area, collaborate with the other principle investigators, and contribute to the overall goals of the program. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.
What you will do:
Conduct independent research and collaborate with other team members
Lead the manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature
Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
Participate and lead the development of research proposals
Train and mentor others
Level 2: Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals. Embraces expectations for quality, safety, and security. Communicates the importance within the work team.
Level 3: Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Principal investigator or co-PI on projects or tasks, while integrating capabilities of work team members. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level. Generates new ideas for proposals and business development opportunities while leading development of technical section of small to medium proposals.
BS/BA with 2 years of experience, MS/MA with 0-2 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience.
Work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams
Ability to lead an independent research area in theoretical condensed phase and interfacial molecular science
Expertise in an area of theoretical condensed phase chemical physics. Examples include but are not limited to:
Charge transport and reactivity
Reaction pathways in complex environments
Chemistry and phenomena in aqueous environments
Preferred Qualifications (not all need to be met):
BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience.
D. in Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences or related field strongly preferred
Experience in writing and leading research proposals
Experience supervising and mentoring graduate students, postdocs, or junior scientists
Internal Number: 311220
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics are the heart of our science mission, laying a foundation for innovations that improve America’s energy resiliency and enhance our national security.
We are a national lab with Pacific Northwest roots and global reach. Whether our researchers are unlocking the mysteries of Earth’s climate, helping modernize the U.S. electric power grid, or safeguarding ports around the world from nuclear smuggling, we accept great challenges for one purpose: to create a world that is safer, cleaner, more prosperous, and more secure.
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