Lemont, Illinois

The Heavy Elements Group in the Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory solicits applicants to fill a postdoctoral position.

The postdoctoral appointee will be responsible for:
  • The synthesis of inorganic molecules and complexes containing transition metals and f-elements including early actinide and transuranium molecules.
  • Research in this underexplored area of the periodic table is aimed at discovering new structure-property relationships and exploring the periodic chemical properties of these elements to unite the rich and complex chemistry of the actinide and rare-earth elements with the remainder of the periodic system.
  • The synthesis of new inorganic complexes and the study of their properties using a wide array of techniques including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, as well as synchrotron based X-ray spectroscopy and scattering methods.
  • Knowledge of other characterization methods including optical spectroscopy, FT-IR, Raman, and NMR spectroscopy would be an asset.
  • The successful candidate will join a dynamic group with complementary expertise in inorganic and physical chemistry, separations sciences, and condensed matter physics and will be provided with opportunities to participate and collaborate with cutting edge programs in machine learning and synchrotron studies.
  • The applicant is expected to hold a Ph.D. with knowledge and expertise in chemistry or physics and is expected to possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for working independently and as part of a team, developing experimental plans, performing experiments, analyzing data, and safety documentation.
  • Additionally the successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts for open-literature, peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings based on their research findings.


Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
  • Demonstrated strong motivation toward creative basic research.
  • Specific expertise in one or more of the following: inorganic chemistry, aqueous solution chemistry, synthesis of molecules and materials using air sensitive techniques, electroanalytical chemistry, and structural determinations including x-ray diffraction.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills as defined by oral presentations at scientific meetings and publications in peer-review, archival, and scientific journals.
  • Considerable experience and general knowledge in inorganic/physical chemistry.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more materials characterization techniques such as NMR, IR, Raman, TGA, or optical spectroscopy.
  • This position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field.


Job Family
Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile
Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type
Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Full time

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Lemont, Illinois

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