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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Materials Scientist 2 - Separations in Seattle, Washington


The Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate (PCSD) researchers lead major R&D efforts in experimental and theoretical interfacial chemistry, chemical analysis, high energy physics, interfacial catalysis, multifunctional materials, and integrated high-performance and data-intensive computing.

PCSD is PNNL’s primary steward for research supported by the Department of Energy’s Offices of Basic Energy Sciences, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and Nuclear Physics, all within the Department of Energy's Office of Science.

Additionally, Directorate staff perform research and development for private industry and other government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA. The Directorate's researchers are members of interdisciplinary teams tackling challenges of national importance that cut across all missions of the Department of Energy.


As a scientist in the Materials Sciences group, you will be performing experimental research as part of talented multi-investigator team aiming to explore nanomaterials discovery and chemical separations at non-equilibrium conditions. You will be developing experimental methods using microfluidics and gel-based reactions, building on recent successes from the group in using these strategies for separating metal ions from complex feedstocks. Some of the required characterization tools include scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), spectroscopy tools for chemical identification (Raman, ICP-MS), and scattering tools for phase and particle characterization (SAXS/WAXS). This research requires a close collaboration between physical chemists, engineers, theorists, and materials scientists, and you will be closely working with them to design the experimental methods, apply the concepts for separations, and characterizing products.

Responsibilities include:

  • Perform materials synthesis experiments using microfluidic and gel-based methods.

  • Perform characterization using SEM/TEM, Raman, and SAXS/WAXS, as well as corresponding data analysis.

  • Work independently, take initiative, and work on team assignments.

  • Lead manuscripts and contribute to proposal development efforts.

  • Interact, communicate, and tackle technical problems with diverse team of scientists.

  • Present research findings at technical conferences and project review meetings.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 2 years of relevant experience -OR-

  • MS/MA -OR-

  • PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or related field.

  • Proven background in chemistry, catalysis, and materials characterization.

  • Hands-on experience with scanning/transmission electron microscopy, spectroscopy tools.

  • Experience in data analysis using Python, Matlab, or similar platforms.

  • Experience with microfluidics, flow chemistry, or gel-based materials synthesis.

  • Foundational understanding of nucleation and crystal growth, principles of chemical separations, or ion transport under external fields.

  • Ability to work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical staff.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with the development of research proposals and project management.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people 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!

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.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

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.

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Minimum Salary

USD $94,600.00/Yr.

Maximum Salary

USD $141,900.00/Yr.