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Postdoc focused on geochemistry and microscopy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Date: Jul 7, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 6174 


The Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites outstanding applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in crystal growth using a variety of microscopy techniques (including atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, focused ion beam, atom probe tomography, scanning electron microscopy or other microscopy techniques) and X-ray/neutron scattering techniques. The selected candidate will work with scientists in CSD and at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) to develop an understanding of the relationship between strain and mineral growth during incorporation of impurities and dissolution-reprecipitation reactions. The position resides in the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct independent research using multimodal imaging methods, which will include developing/optimizing methodologies for mineral analyses
  • Perform crystal growth experiments on minerals
  • Collaborate with ORNL researchers on the design and execution of chemical imaging and X-ray/neutron scattering experiments
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications: 

  • A PhD in Physical Sciences, such as Geology, Geochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related disciplines completed within the last 5 years
  • Strong background in performing microscopy and analysis (e.g. transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, atom probe tomography)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in wet chemistry
  • Data analyses experience, e.g. using machine learning
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • The abilities to be a self-starter, to work independently and to participate creatively in a collaborative team effort


Special Requirement:

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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