Job Openings

4 Open Positions

1- Postdoctoral Appointee – Computational Chemistry

Separation Science group is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct fundamental research using computational methods in the area of chemical separations.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of experts to address challenging, fundamental questions in chemical separations, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware nation. The team includes staff and postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds in inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, as well as condensed matter physics. They will have the opportunity to work with the computational facilities and advanced instrumentation available at Argonne National Laboratory, including the Advanced Photon Source.

The candidate will be expected to contribute theoretical and modeling insights to the group’s efforts to understand the physical and chemical factors enabling low-energy separations, including liquid-liquid extraction, with applications focusing on the f-elements. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead a study, including the preparation of manuscripts and the presentation of their research in a national forum.

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2- Postdoctoral Appointee – Graphene Based Materials

Separation Science group has an opening for a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct fundamental research centered on heavy element separations with graphene based two-dimensional materials, as part of a dynamic group with diverse expertise in separations that integrates advanced techniques in surface physics with inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistries.

The successful candidate will contribute to the synthesis and characterization of novel graphene, graphene oxide, and functionalized graphene materials to investigate heavy-metal surface adsorption within a team experienced in advanced synchrotron and laser-based surface probes. The successful candidate will be included in all aspects of data acquisition, interpretation, and presentation, both at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed literature.

Position Requirements

Ideally, we are seeking a candidate with:

  • Considerable experience with two dimensional graphene based materials, considerable experience with surface functionalization and characterization.
  • Some knowledge would be a plus of high-resolution synchrotron-based X-ray scattering and spectroscopy techniques (such as X-ray reflectivity, X-ray standing waves, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy) and/or optical and vibrational spectroscopy techniques, such as second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy and sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy.
  • High motivation to learn these techniques is required.
  • Some knowledge of membrane separations, sorbent materials, interfacial physics would be a plus.
  • Considerable knowledge of data analyses methods. Considerable skill in both written and oral communication. Considerable skill in working interactively and productively in a multidisciplinary environment. Good ability to work independently on a day-to-day basis.
  • Doctorate and 0 to 3 years of work experience.

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3- Postdoctoral Appointee – X-ray Scattering

Separation Science is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct fundamental research in the area of chemical separations.

The successful candidate will work on research to improve chemical separations by studying liquid-liquid phase separation and the impact to separations of atomic-to-mesoscale structuring in liquid phases. The candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across the Lab to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical materials, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware nation. The team includes staff and postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds in inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, physics and materials science.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work with the advanced instrumentation available at Argonne National Laboratory, including the use of emerging techniques at the Advanced Photon Source in a group with experience developing these world-leading facilities. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts and the presentation of their research in a national forum.

Position Requirements

Position Requirements Include:

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics or chemical engineering or a related field at the time of start date and and 0 to 3 years of experience/equivalent.

  • The ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications Include:

  • Research experience in chemical separations, including liquid-liquid extraction.

  • Experience with small angle scattering.

  • Knowledge of liquid-liquid phase equilibria, phase transitions and critical phenomena.

  • Familiarity with molecular simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics.

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4- Postdoctoral Appointee – Critical Materials

Separation Science group is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct fundamental research in the area of chemical separations.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across the Lab to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical materials, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware nation. The team includes staff and postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds in inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, physics and materials science. They will have the opportunity to work with the advanced instrumentation available at Argonne National Laboratory, including the Advanced Photon Source.

The candidate will be expected to contribute experimental insights to understand solution structure and phase transitions in liquid-liquid extraction, with applications focusing on rare earth elements. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts and the presentation of their research in a national forum.

Position Requirements

  • A successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering or a related field at the time of start date. Demonstrated research interest in chemical separations.
  • The ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Expertise in liquid-liquid extraction or ion exchange and associated characterization techniques, including ICP-MS, Karl Fischer titration and potentiometric titration.
  • Knowledge in theory of liquid-liquid phase equilibria, phase transitions or critical phenomena.
  • Experience in structural characterization of liquids, including with synchrotron techniques such as small angle X-ray scattering.
  • Familiarity with molecular simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics.
  • Must possess a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, physics or related discipline and 0 to 3 years of experience/equivalent.

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