Postdoctoral Appointee – Polymer Chemist

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7062294 (Ref:407315)

Posted: November 11, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The mission of Argonne’s Environmental Science Division (EVS) is to provide pioneering fundamental and multidisciplinary research and innovative analyses to solve global to local challenges, applying our core competency in predictive environmental understanding.

We invite you to apply for a postdoctoral appointee position with EVS to help address the substantial environmental challenge posed by waste plastics. You will research and develop approaches to inform the design of new polymers that are more environmentally benign, by improving their ultimate behavior in both natural and man-made systems. The position is with a project that seeks to develop an environmental reference framework and decision guide for the design of biofriendly plastics, in support of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) circular economy initiative. Your emphasis will be on polymer chemistry modeling and analyses – which includes integrating fate and transport and ecological and human exposures and effects – to improve post-use performance, extending from recycling and waste management systems to the natural environment. 

In addition to working with the EVS project team, you will have an opportunity to work with other computational scientists in the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Directorate; the Physical Sciences and Engineering Directorate; and university collaborators.

Ideal candidates are expected to have:

  • PhD + 0‑3 years in computational sciences, including chemistry and chemical engineering, or in a related field.
  • Considerable knowledge of polymer chemistry, computational modeling and analysis.
  • Considerable knowledge of analytical methods and data interpretation relevant to polymer design and performance.
  • Considerable knowledge of the relationships between polymer composition and product performance plus end-of-life performance in both natural and man-made systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of multimedia fate and transport modeling, quantitative risk assessment methods, and statistical analyses.
  • Ability to create high-quality modeling approaches and software.
  • Considerable independent judgement and critical thinking.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.

Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • Considerable knowledge of environmental and chemical engineering concepts.
  • Considerable knowledge of mixtures assessment approaches, including for polymer component interactions in natural and man-made systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of (and experience with) machine learning/deep learning, including as applied to inverse design.
  • Strong collaborative skills and experience in conducting research in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience with developing new ideas and techniques, and applying them to assessment challenges.
  • Experience with developing and implementing research proposals.
  • Good publication record.

 

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, 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, 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 Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.



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Job posting number:#7062294 (Ref:407315)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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