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Argonne National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Researcher – Electrochemical Separations



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

The Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies division is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join a multidisciplinary team developing innovative processes for recycling nuclear materials for advanced reactor fuel, with a focus on high-temperature electrochemical processes in molten salt electrolytes.

As a part of this work, you will:

  • Apply and improve pyroprocess operations such as electrorefining and oxide reduction at engineering- and pilot-scales in various systems to support industrialization.
  • Perform innovative experiments and electrochemical measurements (cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, polarization tests, etc.) in molten salt electrolytes to advance the technical understanding of molten salt chemistry.
  • Improve understanding of the relationship between operating conditions and product quality.
  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, and Laboratory management through status updates, technical research reports, project presentations, and other regular channels.

Position Requirements

We expect you to have:

  • Skill in devising and performing experiments to acquire data, using and maintaining research equipment, compiling, evaluating, and reporting test results.
  • Experience in electrochemistry, electrochemical engineering, or nuclear engineering.
  • Knowledge of fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics.
  • Experience with molten salt systems, actinide chemistry, or materials science is desired, but not mandatory.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, nuclear engineering, or related field at the PhD degree level with zero to three years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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