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Postdoc Positions

PNNL Post Doctorate RA - Molecular Catalysis, Apply by April 27

Organization and Job ID

Job ID:  309193
Directorate:  Physical & Computational Sciences
Division:  Physical Sciences
Group:  Catalysis Science

Job Description

The Opportunity

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; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in catalysis as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As an experimental postdoctoral researcher in the Catalysis Science group, you will join a multi-investigator team to explore the design, synthesis, characterization, and mechanistic studies of molecular catalysts for the hydrogenation of CO2, carboxylic acids, and related species. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including Morris Bullock and Aaron Appel, as you develop your experimental research, seeking to understand design concepts for molecular catalysts, often in close collaboration with heterogeneous catalysis colleagues.

The Ideal Candidate

If you are interested in becoming a postdoctoral researcher in catalysis at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in catalysis, we want to connect with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Conduct independent research and work on team assignments
  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Interact, communicate, and solve problems with a diverse team of co-workers in the Catalysis Science group, PSD and across PNNL
  • Present research at technical conferences and project review meetings
  • Participate in the development of research proposals

PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Email PNNL Recruiter Fred Bond at Fred.Bond@pnnl.gov for details, or share this opportunity with someone you know today.

About PNNL

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • Experience in experimental catalysis research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Synthetic and mechanistic organic/inorganic chemistry
  • Synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive materials (drybox and Schlenk techniques)
  • Proficiency with a range of spectroscopic techniques, particularly NMR spectroscopy
  • Functional knowledge of thermodynamic and kinetic concepts

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at jobs.pnnl.gov.

Coordination Chemist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Title: Coordination Chemist

Date Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id: 883

Overview: We are seeking a research chemist with a strong background in coordination chemistry to investigate and apply principles of molecular-recognition and supramolecular chemistry to problems in separations for energy applications. The successful candidate will focus on fundamental questions related to thermodynamics and solution structure as also applied to the recovery and recycle of critical materials, desalination, carbon capture, environmental remediation, recycle of used nuclear fuel, treatment of waste, and sensing of trace contaminants. You’ll also be deeply involved in developing new and exciting ideas for proposals and participating in the planning and execution of experimental chemistry within the context of a multidisciplinary ecosystem including specialists in theory and computations, organic synthesis, separations, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron scattering, and materials characterization. This position resides in the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with a diverse team of scientists seeking to advance the scientific understanding of coordination and supramolecular chemistry to achieve chemical recognition by design and to put this understanding to use in real-world applications
  • Perform experiments to elucidate the thermodynamic and structural basis of molecular recognition manifested in crystallization, solvent extraction, ion exchange, membranes, and other methods to meet fundamental and applied project goals
  • Take responsibility for operation of a separations laboratory and associated equilibration devices and analytical instrumentation
  • Independently formulate research problems and design research strategies, working with computational chemists and experimentalists to guide the design of new receptors and characterize their separation properties
  • Develop and lead new research directions and contribute to research proposals to compete for internal and external funding
  • Train group postdocs, students, and visiting scholars in thermodynamic, solution-structure, and separations methodologies developed in the group
  • 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 Chemistry or a closely related science discipline

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A solid foundation in inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry and in the principles of thermodynamics, solution structure, kinetics, and mechanism
  • Expertise in coordination chemistry
  • Experience in using at least one of the following techniques: solvent extraction, ion exchange, adsorption, membranes, or crystallization
  • Working knowledge of basic instrumental techniques such as ICP-AES, ion chromatography, potentiometric titrimetry, and radiometric methods, as well as NMR, FTIR, and UV-vis spectroscopies
  • Experience in X-ray spectroscopy (EXAFS), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), or neutron scattering (SANS)
  • Expertise in the chemistry of actinides, lanthanides, and fission products
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in proposal development and leading research projects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to changing project needs

Special Requirement: Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

Apply herehttps://jobs.ornl.gov/job/Oak-Ridge-Coordination-Chemist-TN-37831/546502100/

Benefits at ORNL: UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.

Relocation: 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.

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity at The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL)

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), a national leader in scientific research and development is seeking two Postdoctoral Fellows in the Asymmetric Operations Department.

Are you:

… interested in making critical contributions to critical challenges?

… passionate about applying your Chemistry knowledge and experience toward solving the country’s toughest national security challenges?

… searching for an engaging career with an employer that prioritizes innovation and collaboration?

If so, we would like to hear from you. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in developing tool, techniques, and methods for performing chemical detection and analysis (Requisition # 18830) and a Postdoctoral Fellow with experience in synthetic and reactive chemistry  (Requisition #18923).

Be a part of a diverse team of scientists at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). APL is a national leader in scientific research and development, and provides our nation with cutting-edge solutions to solve critical challenges of national importance.

Learn more and apply at www.jhuapl.edu

University of Colorado Postdoc Fellow Divila Lab

Now hiring for a full-time postdoctoral fellow research position with benefits, which will be responsible for executing the research projects in the field of tumor immunology with oversight but minimal daily supervision from PI faculty. There will be an emphasis and research focus of the laboratory to develop novel immune-based strategies to induce tumor immunity including elucidating the mechanism of immune evasion mechanism in cancers.

This position reports directly to Dr. Eduardo Davila, PI of a immunotherapy research laboratory in the Department of Medicine and is responsible for performing the research summarized below. The laboratory is located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. The position is a faculty research position with the primary duties to conduct research and will not be involved in course instruction and is not eligible for tenure or overtime pay. An employee in this position can be terminated at any time without notice and severance pay may not be provided.

For full job description and to apply visit here.

Wolfe Laboratories, LLC Scientists / Associate Scientist

Wolfe Laboratories, LLC has an immediate need for Associate Scientists in which your current, or recent, graduates may be interested. These positions are newly-created due to our growth. December 2018, graduates are certainly eligible to apply as well as recent grads.

Associate Scientist / Scientist (Small Molecule Product Development)

Scientist / Associate Scientist


Mile High Labs, Laboratory Associate

Mile High Labs has an opening in the SQ lab as a laboratory associate.  Mile High Labs runs routine HS-GS-FID analysis on residual solvents, LC-UVVs on in-house products, and FTIR on various materials.  Below is a brief job description.  Interested parties are encouraged to email Joshua Cogell with a cover letter and resume/CV.

Job Functions

• Must follow and ensure others follows all safety procedures and use safety precautions when performing work in the laboratory and production areas.

• Must follow all SOP’s.

• Accomplishes results by communicating to the Quality Manager.

• Maintains product quality by establishing and enforcing quality standards.

• Ensures laboratory area is clean, organized and inspection ready at all times.

• Assist in HPLC and GC method development & validation under the direct guidance of senior laboratory staff

• Perform routine analysis of incoming and outgoing materials using HPLC, GC, and FTIR, to ensure that they pass set quality requirements within assigned timelines

• Assist in scheduled routine maintenance and performance verification of monitoring and measuring devices

• Document all laboratory work per current good documentation practices

• Provide peer review of data obtained for compliance in accordance with specifications including cGMPs, reporting atypical results to supervision • Assist in laboratory investigations of out of specification results as needed

• All other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications / Educational Requirements

• Must have at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, master’s or doctorate preferred.

Skills / Experience Requirements

• With Bachelor’s Degree, at least two (2) years of laboratory experience preferred. With Master’s or Doctorate, at least one (1) year of laboratory experience preferred. Good Laboratory practice and Good Documentation practice a must.

Fellowship and Internship Opportunities

BuzzKill Labs Paid Summer Internship

BuzzKill Labs is developing the next generation of portable drug testing.  With the legalization of marijuana, drug related driving accidents have increased substantially. Here at Buzzkill Labs we are developing new technology to rapidly quantify the level of impairment through oral fluid, with a focus on THC. BuzzKill Labs paid summer interns will be hands on in the lab developing our automated drug testing technology.  Selected qualified candidates will gain hands on experience with state-of-the-art technology.


  • Assist chemists in QC testing, reproducibility.
  • Prepare analytical solutions, liquid chromatography, solvent extractions.
  • Use analytical instrumentation like mass spectrometry for day to day chemical analysis.
  • Perform data analysis, validate test data and perform data entry of test results.


  • Must have some research experience.
  • Good understanding and knowledge of basic Chemistry concepts.
  • Some hands-on experience in analytical instrumentation.
  • Be self-motivated and willingness to learn.
  • Good communication skills and record keeping.
  • Knowledge in organic chemistry/ synthesis, biochemistry.
  • Quickly adapt to new experiments and designs

Preferred Skills

  • Organic extractions
  • Flash chromatography
  • GC/MS

BuzzKill Labs is located in the East San Francisco Bay Area.

Data Science Fellowship

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows – see the FAQ for more information.

Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Washington DC, or online.

The next program (both in-person and online) will be 2019-06-24 – 2019-08-16. Sign up here for the latest information (including updates and deadlines) or to start your application: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program - Deadline May 9th

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2019 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 9, 2019.


The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found at https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.

U.S Department of Energy DOE Scholars Program at the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) - Now Accepting Applications

What is ARPA E?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is devoted exclusively to support research and development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.

Why should I apply?

Being selected as a DOE Scholar at ARPA-E offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities related to defining commercialization pathways for high-impact technology development programs
  • Hands-on experience in experience in advancing the transition of cutting-edge energy technologies to market applications in a fast-paced environment
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts


  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Have a Master’s or Ph.D degree or be pursuing a graduate level degree (preferably MBA or technical degree M.S./Ph.D. with a business focus)

Applicants should be prepared for deep immersion in a specific energy program area, and must be comfortable and be able to complete tasks independently. Candidate must have strong written and oral communication abilities, as well as an interest in energy and energy technologies.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at:


For more information about the DOE Scholars Program: Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Questions? doescholars@orau.org

DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage this program.

Information Call 2019 Doctoral INPhINIT Fellowships Program

We have PhD open positions through the INPhINIT “la Caixa” Fellowship Programme. INPhINIT is a new doctoral fellowship programme devoted to attracting international Early-Stage Researchers to the top Spanish research centres.  You can search for our positions in this link.

As eligibility requirement, candidates must have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for less than 12 months in the last 3 years.

Undergraduate Opportunities

None at this time, check back again soon!

Faculty Grant and Funding Opportunities

None at this time, check back again soon!

Workshop Opportunities

Upcoming Workshops

Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) Workshop July 15–19, 2019

The HOPE Workshop is designed to strengthen photovoltaic (PV) research at universities in the United States. HOPE is designed primarily for students, but also requires participation of the professors leading the research and overseeing each student’s thesis.

HOPE provides opportunities for professors and graduate students to:

  • Interact with scientists and engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and others from across the United States
  • Learn about PV technology in a hands-on, small-group research setting
    • See solar cells fabricated
    • Perform hands-on measurements.
  • Build a network of research connections with other researchers, professors, and students from across the United States.

In 2018, students in HOPE participated in the fabrication of Si, III-V, and perovskite solar cells, as well as quantum efficiency and current-voltage characterization of these cells. They also learned about commercialization and entrepreneurship. Students also learned a variety of PV-related characterization techniques, including secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMs), time-resolved photoluminescence, X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning probe techniques, and more. Students also learned about PV module fabrication and characterization, as well as outdoor testing of photovoltaic modules.

Eligible Applicants

HOPE targets professors who are leading PV-related research programs in the U.S. who would like to send a Ph.D. candidate to learn more about fabrication, measurement, or study of photovoltaic materials and devices. A joint application (for both the professor and student) is required. Participants do not need to be U.S. citizens but must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the U.S. All foreign nationals are subject to Department of Energy foreign national access requirements for NREL. We cannot accept students from foreign universities, students pursuing a Master’s degree only, or postdoctoral researchers. While we accept students at any point during their Ph.D. research, the program tends to be most beneficial to students toward the middle (second–fourth year). To ensure the quality of the program, we are unable to accept all applicants but encourage application in a second year for those who are not accepted the previous year.

For technical difficulties with application submission, please contact Spring Hericks.


Registration for the 2019 HOPE Workshop is now closed. Applicants can expect notice of acceptance by April 1, 2019.


We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 workshop next January.

The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

Workshop Content

Spectral mismatch between lamps used for testing photovoltaic cells and the actual solar spectrum can lead to measurement errors if they are not corrected for. Students at the 2017 Hands-On Photovoltaics Experience workshop at NREL learned how to do proper spectral mismatch corrections when testing photovoltaic cells, and then made a video to explain the technique. Watch this video to learn how to implement spectral mismatch corrections in your own lab.

For more information, visit https://www.nrel.gov/pv/hands-on-photovoltaic-experience.html.

CSU DEMO DAY set for April 23, 2019

CSU Demo Day logoCSU Ventures is once again hosting Demo Day, planned for April 23, 2019 at the LSC Grand Ballroom.  The event has several key components focusing on innovation and cutting edge work resulting for work by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows here at CSU.  We are awarding over $30,000 this year!

Along with posters, we also have a keynote speaker, company showcase, networking, and awards.

Information about the poster showcase can be found here – https://www.csudemoday.org/poster-showcase-1 and the Abstract submission link is available on the event home page at https://www.csudemoday.org/.

Faculty Workshop on Career Mentoring for Students April 25-27, 2019, at the American Center for Physics, College Park, MD

Faculty Workshop on Career Mentoring for Students April 25-27, 2019, at the American Center for Physics, College Park, MD

Recognizing the national need for high-quality, well-informed career mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students in chemistry, physics, and astrophysics, the COMPASS Faculty Workshop aims to introduce faculty to career planning and mentoring resources, to provide training on using these resources, and to position faculty to implement change on their respective campuses. The workshop will cover topics including career planning, mentor training and effective communication, cultural awareness mentoring, crafting an action plan for faculty to implement on their campuses, promoting professional development, and changing departmental culture about the need for student mentoring. Prior to the workshop, participants will research the resources available locally to their students for professional development. During the workshop, participants will craft an action plan to implement a programmatic change at their respective institutions. After the workshop, participants will implement and assess their programs.

Priority will be given to teams of two faculty member from the same institution, preferably with at least one senior faculty member, who are committed to improving the career mentoring of students at their institution. A complete application will include a letter of institutional support. We can accommodate up to ten teams (20 participants). The registration fee of $1000 per team is discounted from $2800 due to generous sponsor support. Registration includes two nights of hotel, all meals, and conference materials.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://sites.trinity.edu/compass The application deadline is January 31, 2019.

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