Environmental Chemistry

Friday, February 19, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Job Institution: 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Job Description: 



The Biology & Soft Matter Division (BSMD) and the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in the area of neutron scattering applications in Environmental Sciences as a part of a Laboratory Directed R&D-funded project. The project is aimed at understanding the interfacial processes between minerals, organics, and microorganisms. The candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary research team investigating coupled geochemical, biological and environmental processes of element cycling and transformation in sediment-water systems. The candidate should have the experience necessary to initiate a laboratory study, including refine the research idea, setting up laboratory experiments, collecting experimental data, data analysis, and writing scientific report and journal publications.  The researcher will work closely with Dr. Liyuan Liang and other group members and will also collaborate closely with other scientists at ORNL and collaborating institutions.


Major Duties/Responsibilities:


* Design and carry out laboratory experiments, acquire necessary data, and analyze the results with theory and computational models
* Independently set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks to meet deadlines


* Publish scientific papers on collaborative and independent research


* Present scientific results at appropriate national and international conferences


* Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements


* Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
* The duties of this job will require the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, standing for extended periods of time, working in wet chemical laboratories, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

The nature of this scientific work is highly multidisciplinary, and projects will be carried out in close collaboration with scientists from a variety of scientific backgrounds, including environmental /physical chemistry, geochemistry, microbiology, biochemistry and other physical sciences.




Qualifications Required:


- PhD in environmental chemistry/engineering, physical chemistry, geochemistry, or a related field.


- All degree requirements must be complete before starting the Postdoctoral appointment


- Candidates must be within 2 years of receiving their Doctorate.


- A strong background in applied chemistry, experimental methods, and spectroscopy is required.


- Must be highly motivated and possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.


- Must demonstrate a strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences


- Able to work on multiple tasks and to independently set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks to meet deadlines


- Capable of innovative research with minimal supervision and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues




Qualifications Desired:


- Experience with neutron scattering theory and experiment is desired.


- Experience with computational modeling is desired.




Other notes:

The appointment length will be up to 24 months, and is subject to performance and availability of funding.  Please provide a list of publications, a statement of research and 3 letters of references when applying for this position. All these required documents can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.desired.