Chemist - Heavy Elements Chemistry

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7100066 (Ref:413327)

Posted: May 13, 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 basic-research staff position in the area of f-element electronic structure and spectroscopy at the Assistant Chemist level.

The candidate for this new position will, in collaboration with other scientists in the Heavy Elements Chemistry group, develop a program focused on the experimental study of actinide electronic structure in molecular systems using optical and/or X-ray spectroscopy. Candidates with expertise in molecular spectroscopy including absorption spectroscopy, laser induced fluorescence, vibrational spectroscopy, and experience in applying those techniques to the study of f-element inorganic molecules and materials are highly desirable. Demonstrated expertise in the interpretation of spectroscopic data using leading edge theories is 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 sciences, and condensed matter physics. The successful candidate will be encouraged to collaborate both internally and externally with other experimentalists and theoreticians to advance their research program.

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 initiatives and ongoing research activities.

Position Requirements

  • Demonstrated strong motivation toward creative basic research.  Specific expertise in one or more of the following: molecular spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, matrix isolation methods, X-ray spectroscopy

  • Technical expertise to design, operate and maintain spectroscopic instrumentation including lasers and vacuum systems 

  • Strong 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

RD 2: Bachelor’s and 5+ years, or Master’s and 3+ years, or Doctorate and 0 years, or equivalent

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Chemistry 2

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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Job posting number:#7100066 (Ref:413327)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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