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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Appointee - Physical Inorganic Chemistry: f-elements in Lemont, Illinois

The Heavy Element and Separation Science Group in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory solicits applicants to fill a postdoctoral position. The HESS group’s research encompasses fundamental chemistry of the f-elements, synthesis, structure and spectroscopy, along with collaborative efforts in developing fundamental descriptions of chemical separations including structural chemistry in solutions, dynamics, and interfacial chemistry.

The postdoctoral appointee will be responsible for the synthesis of new f-element molecules and complexes and the study of their structure and properties in both the solid and solution states. Expertise in electrochemistry and knowledge of other characterization methods including FT-IR, Raman, NMR spectroscopy, and magnetometry would be assets. The successful candidate will join a dynamic group with complementary expertise in inorganic and physical chemistry, separations sciences, and condensed matter physics and will be provided with opportunities to participate and collaborate with cutting edge programs in machine learning and synchrotron studies.

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 responsible for working independently and as part of a team, developing experimental plans, performing experiments, analyzing data, and safety documentation. Additionally, the successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts for open-literature, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings based on their research findings.

Position Requirements

  • Demonstrated strong motivation toward creative basic research. Specific expertise in one or more of the following: inorganic chemistry, aqueous solution chemistry, electrochemical analysis, synthesis of molecules and materials and structural determinations including x-ray diffraction

  • 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 inorganic/physical chemistry

  • Demonstrated experience in one or more materials characterization techniques such as NMR, IR, Raman, optical spectroscopy, and magnetometry

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

  • This position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent

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Postdoctoral Family

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Postdoctoral Appointee

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Long-Term (Fixed Term)

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Full time

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