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Synthetic Physical - Organic Chemist - R&D Associate

Oak Ridge National Lab
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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We are seeking a Synthetic Physical-Organic Chemist who will focus on the synthesis of organic porous materials, organic small molecules and materials with the focus on the separations science, especially ion separations and gas separation applications, and polymer upcycling.  This position resides in the Nanomaterials Chemistry Group in the Separations and Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our research team, you will address challenges in the design and synthesis of small molecules as well as functional nanostructured materials to advance areas of chemical separations, catalysis and energy storage.  In this position, you will lead research in these areas and collaborate with researchers in areas ranging from nuclear chemistry, separations and computational chemistry.  More information on the activities of the group can be found at


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct pioneering research in the synthesis of novel small molecules and materials for separations, energy storage, energy conversion and polymer upcycling
  • Lead and manage large technical projects in both fundamental and applied research
  • Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to build an internationally recognized portfolio in the development of novel materials
  • Build new programs within the Department of Energy as well as other funding agencies
  • Author peer-reviewed papers, technical reports and proposals for internal and external release and present work at workshops and conferences



Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D in organic chemistry or a closely related discipline


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in multi-step organic synthesis of small molecules and materials that are used in ion separations, energy storage and other energy-related applications
  • In depth understanding of the organic reaction mechanisms
  • Previous experience in writing proposals
  • Familiarity with the following techniques is a plus: NMR, ICP-OES, XRD, HPLC, GC/LC, MS, IR, UV/vis, GPC, TGA, DSC, DLS
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Special Requirements

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


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

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.



Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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.

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