Postdoctoral Appointee

The Separation Science group in the Chemical Science and Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory is seeking applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct fundamental research in the area of chemical separations.

The successful candidate will work on research to improve chemical separations by studying liquid-liquid phase separation and the impact to separations of atomic-to-mesoscale structuring in liquid phases. The candidate will join a diverse team of experts from across the Lab to address challenging, fundamental questions about chemical separations applied to critical materials, the answers to which will inform a more energy efficient and environmentally aware nation. The team includes staff and postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds in inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, physics and materials science.

The candidate will have the opportunity to work with the advanced instrumentation available at Argonne National Laboratory, including the use of emerging techniques at the Advanced Photon Source in a group with experience developing these world-leading facilities. As a contributor to a group effort, the candidate will have the opportunity to lead studies, including the preparation of manuscripts and the presentation of their research in a national forum.

Position Requirements

Position Requirements Include:
  • A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics or chemical engineering or a related field at the time of start date and and 0 to 3 years of experience/equivalent.
  • The ability to design and conduct research addressing fundamental scientific questions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications Include:
  • Research experience in chemical separations, including liquid-liquid extraction.
  • Experience with small angle scattering.
  • Knowledge of liquid-liquid phase equilibria, phase transitions and critical phenomena.
  • Familiarity with molecular simulation techniques, including molecular dynamics.


Job Family
Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile
Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type
Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Full time

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