Postdoctoral Appointee - Molecular Spectroscopy
What Your Job Will Be Like
Are you passionate about research and want to utilize state-of-the-art scientific facilities? Do you enjoy collaborating with dynamic, multidisciplinary research teams?
We seek one to two motivated postdoctoral appointees to assist us in research exploring the fundamental spectroscopy of free radicals and reactive intermediates. The successful candidate will access a wide array of state-of-the-art custom physical chemistry apparatuses, including Fourier transform visible and infrared spectrometers, a chirped-pulse microwave / time-of-flight mass spectrometry apparatus, time-resolved grating spectrometers with image-intensified cameras, and infrared optical parametric oscillators for infrared-visible double resonance measurements. You will access supersonic jet expansion sources, hyperthermal radical production sources, and photolysis cell environments, including high pressure / high temperature cells. Using these powerful tools you will explore, at a fundamental level, all aspects of free radical spectroscopy, including structural characterization and the effect of pressure and temperature on quantitative absorption cross sections. Experimental results will be compared to state-of-the-art theoretical predictions that are currently underway.
On any given day, you may:
- Collaborate with researchers on customization of microwave, infrared, and visible spectroscopy apparatuses.
- Acquire spectra with quantitative wavenumber and intensity measurements.
- Analyze spectra including spectroscopic fitting and collaboration with theoretical spectroscopy colleagues.
- Grasp the larger goals of the project, proposing innovative solutions and new directions.
You will partner with a multi-investigator team, present results at national/international meetings, and publish research in high profile peer-reviewed journals.
Qualifications We Require
- PhD degree in physics, chemistry, or a closely related field
- Significant experience in microwave, infrared, or optical spectroscopy in the gas phase.
- Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals
Qualifications We Desire
- Experience with double resonance optical spectroscopy
- Experience with Fourier transform spectroscopy
- Experience with time-of-flight mass spectrometry
- Experience with electronic structure calculations and predictions of absorption spectra using Multi-configurational Time-Dependent Hartree methods.
- Ability to address complex problems creatively, and to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with other researchers.
- Experience with LabVIEW, MATLAB, Pgopher software environments
About Our Team
The Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Combustion Chemistry and Diagnostics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the key chemical processes that underlie the complex mechanisms of combustion. Additional programs investigate the effects of combustion emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, theoretical and experimental chemical kinetics, flame chemistry and modeling, and gas-phase and particulate diagnostics development and deployment.
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:
- Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
- Extraordinary co-workers
- Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
- Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
- Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.
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