Postdoctoral Appointee - Heavy Elements Chemistry

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7099688 (Ref:413320)

Posted: May 11, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Heavy Elements Group in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory solicits applicants to fill a postdoctoral research position. The candidate for this new position will, in collaboration with, and supervision from other scientists in the Heavy Elements Chemistry group, contribute to ongoing research programs studying the periodic properties of metal ions, their complexes, and their structures across the periodic table including and particularly the f-elements.

This research position will be primarily focused on studying the molecular structure, speciation, and energetics of inorganic molecules in aqueous and non-aqueous solution. Candidates with expertise in solution chemistry and the study of molecular structure and thermodynamics in solution are highly desirable. Demonstrated expertise in the applications of synchrotron based X-ray spectroscopy and scattering are highly desirable. A familiarity and experience with both lanthanide and actinide chemistry would be an asset.

The successful candidate will join a collaborative research group with diverse backgrounds in inorganic and physical chemistry, separations science, and condensed matter physics. The Heavy Elements Group maintains a close collaboration with the Separations Science Group and this postdoctoral position will be integral to that collaboration. The applicant is expected to hold a Ph.D. with knowledge and expertise in chemistry or physics and is expected to possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the planning, sourcing, and development of new and ongoing research activities.

Position Requirements

Demonstrated strong motivation toward creative basic chemical research. Specific expertise in one or more of the following: solution chemistry, thermodynamics of metal complexes in solution, optical spectroscopy, application of X-ray spectroscopy and/or X-ray scattering to solution chemistry, radiochemistry, inorganic chemistry. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills as defined by oral presentations at scientific meetings and publications in peer-review, archival, and scientific journals.  Considerable experience and general knowledge in physical chemistry and electronic structure theories.  Demonstrated experience and a desire in to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams of scientists.  

This position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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