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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - X-ray Characterization and Materials Discovery: Photonic Metamaterial Thin Films in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 312420

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

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 understanding the complex systems and phenomena vital to the nation's energy and environmental resources as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Geochemistry group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to investigate the synthesis, optimization, and application of advanced energy materials.

The Ideal Candidate:

If you are ready to advance your talents and training in thin film crystallography and hone your skills as a postdoctoral researcher at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. The ideal applicant has an interest in advancing measurement approaches and applying them to complex problems. 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

  • Conduct grazing incidence diffraction, X-ray reflectometry, and high-resolution X-ray diffraction measurements on layered metamaterials.

  • Design and execute in situ X-ray analyses and experiments at elevated pressure and temperature conditions.

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff across PNNL

  • Contribute as a team member to support publications and reports led by other scientists

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program 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.

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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.

  • PhD in crystallography, materials science, physics, chemistry, or related physical science and engineering field.

  • Expert in characterizing thin films with X-ray techniques

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience determining structure, layering, morphology, density, interfacial roughness, texture, strain, grain orientations, and layer thickness of layered materials.

  • Experience determining residual stress, lattice constants, reciprocal space maps, Rietveld refinements, quantitative phase analysis,

  • Demonstrated expertise operating a laboratory-based XRD for HRXRD, XRR, WAXS, GI-XRD, PXRD, SC-XRD, and PDF. Experience with these techniques at DOE beamlines is also preferred.

  • Experience using EVA (or JADE) and TOPAS, along with other similar/specialty programs. Experience with this DIFFRAC.SUITE is preferred.

  • Experience with programming and machine learning for automated analysis of large X-ray datasets from in situ X-ray experiments at extreme conditions.

  • Experience designing, analyzing, or modelling electromagnetic metamaterials.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Experience writing user facility proposals and conducting beamline experiments is also preferred.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental and numerical modelling tools as needed.

The postdoc will work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the Lab and must be able to work closely and communicate effectively. The postdoc will have opportunity to work on multiple projects related to materials science, crystallization, energy storage, and environmental management.

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

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2021-07-22

Closing Date: 2021-08-20