Postdoctoral Position in Chemistry

Argonne National Laboratory

United States

The Heavy Element Chemistry and Separation Science group in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct fundamental research focused on the chemical separation of rare earths. The successful candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across the Lab to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical materials, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware nation. The team includes staff and postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds in inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, as well as physics and materials science. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories with advanced instrumentation, including the X-ray capabilities provided by the Advanced Photon Source. The candidate will be expected to contribute experimental insights to understand solution structuring and phase transitions in liquid-liquid extraction, with applications focusing on rare earth elements. As a contributor to a collaborative group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts and the presentation of their research in a national forum. Position Requirements Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field at the time of start date Expertise in chemical separations of metal ions The ability to conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions Excellent oral and written communication skills Preferred Qualifications Include: Some knowledge of liquid-liquid extraction, including phase equilibria Expertise in solution characterization techniques, including IR, Raman and NMR spectroscopies Expertise in chemical analysis techniques, including mass spectrometry, potentiometric titration and Karl Fischer titration Experience in structural characterization of liquids, including small angle X-ray scattering Interests in the theory of liquid-liquid equilibria, phase transitions or critical phenomena Job Family Postdoctoral Family Job Profile Postdoctoral Appointee Worker Type Long-Term (Fixed Term) Time Type Full time As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department. All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment. Interested in translating science into innovation? Build your career at Argonne. At Argonne, we view the world from a different perspective. Our scientists and engineers conduct world-class research in clean energy, the environment, technology, national security and more. We’re finding creative ways to prepare the world for a better future. To learn more about Argonne's benefits programs, amenities, and other employee programs, visit our main Careers site. To learn more about the exciting science going on at Argonne, visit our Science and Technology page. To request a reasonable accommodation or for other application support, contact us anytime at or 630-252-2336.

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