Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7065950 (Ref:408184)

Posted: April 28, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Basic Purpose:

The Chemical Dynamics in the Gas Phase group within the Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to work with Dr. Rebecca Caravan to develop, commission and utilize a new time-resolved broadband absorption experiment for the gas-phase kinetic studies of reactive intermediates. This new instrument will facilitate our research goal of interrogating the kinetics and mechanisms of reactive intermediates (e.g., peroxy radicals and Criegee intermediates) across a broad range of conditions, to understand the chemical physics driving their reactivity, and the role that they play in complex environments, such as Earth’s atmosphere.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in chemistry (or a related field) and ideally have research experience in experimental gas-phase physical chemistry, and in the development, construction or optimization of new experiments.

Essential experience:

  • Vacuum technology
  • Gas-delivery
  • Data acquisition systems
  • Lasers 

Desirable experience:

  • Laser-flash photolysis
  • Spectroscopy
  • Programming for data acquisition and analysis (e.g. LabVIEW, Python, Igor)
  • Chemical kinetics and mechanistic studies

The Postdoctoral Appointee will work primarily in a newly renovated laser laboratory within the CSE division. The successful candidate will join a supportive and broad team of experimentalists and theoreticians, and will take part in and have the opportunity to lead collaborative projects within the group and beyond. Thus, the candidate will need to be able to work successfully as part of both small and large teams, as well as independently. Additional opportunities to participate in experiments at DOE light sources (e.g. the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) in parallel with the work at Argonne may also be possible as part of these collaborations.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to present their work at scientific meetings and to lead the preparation of peer-reviewed publications. As such, they will require excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The start date of the position is flexible.

Interested applicants please complete the application herein. Please send any informal enquiries to Rebecca Caravan (caravarl@anl.gov).

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