Overview: The Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites outstanding applications for a postdoctoral research associate to simulate mineral precipitation reactions using atomic-scale and/or coarse-grained molecular simulations. As a postdoc, you will utilize high performance computing at ORNL to work with a team of scientists in the CSD to model chemical reactions important for mineral nucleation and growth processes, and incorporate that mechanistic information into models that can describe rates and locales of precipitation measured by experimentalists. 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).
Conduct independent research using atomic-scale simulation with rare event approaches to understand geochemical precipitation reactions in aqueous solution and at mineral-water interfaces
Collaborate with ORNL researchers on the design and execution of experiments to measure the effects of complex aqueous solutions on mineral nucleation and growth
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
A PhD in Physical Sciences, such as Geochemistry, Chemistry, Geology, Materials Science, or related disciplines completed within the last 5 years
Background in atomic-scale simulation or coarse-graining methods
Experience using rare event methods (metadynamics, umbrella sampling, replica exchange, blue moon ensemble, etc.)
Experience with simulating mineral reactions and/or reactions in complex aqueous solutions
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
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
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 PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.
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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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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.