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Carbon Capture - Postdoctoral Researcher

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in development and analysis of materials for carbon dioxide capture from point sources and direct air capture. You will actively participate in a multidisciplinary team performing materials synthesis and kinetic analysis of carbon capture and materials degradation processes. This position is in the Materials for Energy and Climate Security group of the Materials Science Division.

Essential Duties
- Conduct research in carbon capture adsorbent structure and performance, including adsorption and reaction kinetics, adsorbent characterization, and polymer and performance degradation.
- Develop structure-property-performance relationships between adsorbent chemistry and carbon dioxide capture performance.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of experiments to develop chemical mechanisms and measure reaction kinetics of amine-containing solid carbon capture adsorbent degradation processes.
- Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary and multi-institution team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Maintain and establish laboratory protocols and best safety practices.
- Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community, at project team meetings, and at conferences.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field.
- Experience in chemical reaction mechanisms and kinetics, gas chemisorption and physisorption, and chemical structure characterization.
- Knowledgeable of the concepts of carbon capture systems and temperature-swing and pressure-swing fixed bed adsorption processes.
- Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques and execution.
- Ability to develop independent research projects through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
- Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with polymer and amine oxidation chemistry and adsorbent degradation phenomena.
- Experience in analytical techniques and characterization methods (TGA, DSC, NMR, IR, GC-MS, LC-MS).
- Familiarity with advanced simulation and materials modeling techniques (atomistic to continuum).

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  None required.

However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process.  This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check.  (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)

For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2


Note:   This is a two year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Posted: 2020-10-06 Expires: 2020-12-05

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