Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
12 days ago



As a postdoctoral research associate, you will carry out the preparation and characterization of metal salts for nuclear energy applications. This position resides in the Chemical Sciences Division, Nanomaterials Chemistry Group, in the Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and is a part of the research efforts in a project funded by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE).


The Nanomaterials Chemistry Group within the Chemical Sciences Division at ORNL currently has a postdoctoral position available for an inorganic, analytical, or physical chemist with expertise in molten-salt chemistry for development of new salt systems for NE applications. The primary focus will be synthesis and purification of metal salts and evaluation of their performance. The program will have a strong collaborative component with characterization (e.g. electron microscopy, electrochemical study, neutron scattering) and computational scientists working on the same program.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Nanomaterials Chemistry Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Synthesize and purify metal salts.
  • Evaluate electrochemical properties of the above materials.
  • Collaborate with ORNL postdocs and staff who are involved in structural characterization.
  • Participate in the development of new ideas and projects.
  • 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 commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.

Basic Qualifications:
  • A PhD in inorganic, organic, polymeric, or physical chemistry or a closely-related field, completed within the last five years.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • A strong background in inorganic, analytical, or physical chemistry
  • Expertise in standard purification methods and characterization by the standard tools including NMR, FTIR, mass spectrometry, etc.
  • An excellent track record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience.
  • Motivated and safety conscious.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Able to set priorities, multi-task, and adapt to ever-changing needs as well as the proven ability to function well in a fast-paced environment.

Other Information:

Appointments will initially be up to 24 months with the possibility of an extension of up to 12 months. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.

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.

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.

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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.

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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 includethe following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan,Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, 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.

If you have difficulty using the online application system or need an accommodation to apply due to a disability, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov or call 1.866.963.9545.

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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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.

Job ID: 74132227

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