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Post Doctorate RA - Nonlinear Optical Micro-Spectroscopy

Richland, Washington State
salary + benefits + relocation
Closing date
Sep 27, 2021

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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 postdoctoral fellows come to PNNL to work with world-class 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 experimental chemical physics as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemical Physics and Analysis group, you will join a multi-investigator team to develop novel nonlinear optical microscopy approaches ( e.g., interferometric/time domain coherent anti-Stokes Raman). You will be mentored by active researchers in the field (Dr. Patrick El-Khoury) as you develop a new experimental platform, working to advance novel nonlinear optical imaging technologies that may be used to visualize biological systems non-invasively with unprecedented detail.

The Ideal Candidate: If you are a recent Ph.D. graduate or postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in (nonlinear) optical microscopy and spectroscopy at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to encouraging a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

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

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings.

  • Participate in the development of research proposals.

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.

We offer competitive relocation, health, and retirement benefits packages, including a pension plan and 401k. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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

  • Ph.D. in chemical physics/physical chemistry or closely related field with emphasis on optics, spectroscopy, and microscopy.

  • Hands-on experience in building optical setups for (nonlinear) spectroscopy, microscopy, and their combination.

  • Hands-on experience with ultrafast lasers (high repetition rate), optical microscopes (both home-built and commercial).

  • Experience in developing control software ( e.g., LabView).

  • Experience in ultrasensitive and lock-in detection.

  • Experience in handling biological specimens desirable but not required.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Training and aptitude in experimental microscopy, and spectroscopy.

  • Work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.

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.

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