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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Richland, WA
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Post Doctorate RA – Atomistic Simulation of Critical Element Incorporation in Minerals
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Post Doctorate RA – Atomistic Simulation of Critical Element Incorporation in Minerals

Richland, Washington
Sustainable Energy and Engineering
Temporary Full-Time

Job Description


The Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate (PCSD) researchers lead major R&D efforts in experimental and theoretical interfacial chemistry, chemical analysis, high energy physics, interfacial catalysis, multifunctional materials, and integrated high-performance and data-intensive computing.

PCSD is PNNL’s primary steward for research supported by the Department of Energy’s Offices of Basic Energy Sciences, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and Nuclear Physics, all within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Additionally, Directorate staff perform research and development for private industry and other government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA. The Directorate’s researchers are members of interdisciplinary teams tackling challenges of national importance that cut across all missions of the Department of Energy.


The Geochemistry Group in the Physical Sciences Division is seeking outstanding applications for a postdoctoral research associate to investigate the geochemical processes that control surface passivation and the fate of critical elements (CEs) during mineral carbonation/sulfidization of mafic and ultramafic silicates. The postdoctoral research associate will take advantage of high-performance computing resources at PNNL and employ atomistic simulation techniques to quantify the fundamental mechanisms of CE incorporation into the solid products of coupled mineral carbonation and sulfidization of silicates with varying extents of silica polymerization.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team that includes world-leaders in carbonate and sulfur geochemistry, experimental techniques for studying mineral-water interfacial reactivity, and molecular computational simulations. The candidate will also disseminate scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals, present at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for the funded research.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in the application of classical ab initio molecular dynamics simulation techniques to geochemical systems. Experience with rare-event techniques such as metadynamics or umbrella sampling.

Experience in interfacial geochemistry, solid-state thermodynamics, and/or mineral nucleation and growth.

Strong knowledge of carbonate and/or sulfur geochemistry.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills, and a demonstrated record of publishing in first class journals.

The applicant must have the ability to work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the national lab, including experimentalists and computational scientists.

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Geochemistry, Materials Science, Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or other related fields. Minimum GPA of 3.25 is required.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

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About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at [email protected].

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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