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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Chemical Separations with Security Clearance

Employer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location
Oak Ridge, TN
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Science, Pharmaceutical, Clinical Research Associate
Organization Type
Corporate
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Requisition Id 6730 Overview: Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) who will focus on basic research directed to molecular recognition, ion separations, and carbon capture. As part of our research team, the candidate will be responsible for delivering high impact research on the development of novel molecules, materials, and methods for ion recognition, separations and CO2 capture. The candidate will work closely with specialists in synthesis, separations chemistry, theory, spectroscopy, and materials characterization. Major Duties/Responsibilities: * Participate in project planning and execution
* Develop novel ligand systems for improved ion separation and carbon capture
* Perform hands-on synthesis and characterization (e.g., using, NMR, FT-IR, UV-Vis spectroscopies, X-ray crystallography etc.) of organic compounds/materials
* Employ various separation techniques such as crystallization, solvent extraction, ion exchange, nanofiltration
* Present and report research results at the project, group, PI meetings and national conferences
* Publish scientific results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
* Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
* Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics Basic Qualifications: * A PhD in Chemistry or a related field completed within the last 5 years
* A record of productive and creative research proven by publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals Preferred Qualifications: * Expertise in at least one separation technique, such as crystallization, liquid-liquid extraction, ion exchange, or membranes
* Proficiency in synthetic organic chemistry and organic compound isolation/purification (e.g., column chromatography, crystallization, distillation, sublimation, etc.) and characterization (e.g., NMR, UV-VIS, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies)
* Experience with determination of binding constants by NMR, UV-VIS, or potentiometric titrations * Excellent written and oral communication skills * Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory * Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to with the position title and number referenced in the subject line. Instructions to upload documents to your candidate profile: * Login to your account via jobs.ornl.gov
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* Under the My Documents section, select Add a Document 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 for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding. Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details. For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the "About" tab at jobs.ornl.gov. Special Requirements: Export control, no clearance: This position requires access to technology that is subject to export control requirements. Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license. HSPD-12 PIV badge: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an HSPD-12 PIV badge. Q or L clearance: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program. Q clearance with SCI: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain an Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program. In addition, due the SCI, you may be also be subject to random polygraph testing. 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. We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment. If you have trouble applying for a position, please email . ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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