Postdoctoral Research Associate - Crystal Engineering

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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Dec 16, 2021

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We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on crystal engineering and structural characterization of new materials for separation of ions relevant to energy and the environment, and for CO2 capture. This position resides in the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


As part of Chemical Separations Group, you will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary multi-institutional team involving specialists in organic and polymer synthesis, thermodynamics, spectroscopy, materials characterization, separations, and computational chemistry. It is expected that you will publish your research accomplishments in high-impact journals, and present them at national meetings.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Perform crystallization experiments targeting anion separation and CO2 capture
  • Use a variety of characterization methods to monitor reactions involving crystals, including NMR, FT-IR, TGA, DSC, UV-Vis, potentiometric and coulometric titrations, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and PXRD
  • Perform data analysis and mechanistic studies of crystal formation and decomposition
  • Participate in project planning and execution
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline completed within the last five years
  • A strong background in crystal growth and analysis by X-ray diffraction or neutron scattering

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with characterization of organic compounds (e.g., NMR, UV-Vis, FT-IR spectroscopies), and thermal analysis (TGA, DSC)
  • Experience with process design and optimization
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience  


Special Requirement:

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  Three letters of reference are required and can be emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position and your name 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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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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