Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7075993 (Ref:409541)

Posted: March 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division is looking for a postdoctoral candidate to join a multidisciplinary research team investigating fundamental mechanisms for solar-to-fuels energy conversion. The program investigates solar fuels catalysts by tracking atomic structure and structural dynamics of interfacial molecular and thin-film photocatalysts using a combination of X-ray spectroscopy, high energy X-ray scattering, transient optical absorption and photoelectrochemistry techniques.

This position will highlight the development and application of high energy scattering and atomic pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of molecular and thin-film catalysts at functional interfaces measured at synchrotron and X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) light sources. The research will include the development of coupling strategies for functionally linking catalysts onto high surface area scaffolds and participating in the evaluation of catalyst design and function analysis using a combination of continuous and time-resolved X-ray and ultrafast transient optical spectroscopy techniques. This position will also interface with the research team in the areas of X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies, photocatalysis, and inorganic materials synthesis.

We expect you to have: 

  • Experience in surface characterization and/or interest to participate in experiments for the characterization of supported catalysts using a combination of high energy X-ray scattering and X-ray spectroscopy techniques.
  • Experience in pump-probe laser spectroscopy and/or interest to participate in experiments for the characterization of supported catalysts using a combination pump-probe X-ray scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, and ultrafast transient optical spectroscopy techniques.
  • Knowledge and some experimental expertise in synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials.
  • Knowledge and some experimental expertise in photocatalysis, photochemistry, electrochemistry.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills is a requirement. 

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or materials science at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

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