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Argonne National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Appointee- Analytical Chemistry



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

With guidance, the appointee will contribute to experiment design, execution, and data analysis on a project to develop a new application of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to molten salt systems. The appointee will be responsible for documenting results in the form of monthly reports, progress reports to sponsors, and technical publications and presentations. The successful candidate will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team developing and demonstrating innovative technologies that address nuclear energy and national security needs.

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge of optics, lasers, and spectroscopy.

  • Knowledge of and demonstrated skill in designing, constructing, and testing of complex optical and spectroscopic systems.

  • Knowledge of and experience with analytical instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of fluid dynamics

  • Skill working interactively and productively in a multidisciplinary environment.

  • Skill in oral and written communication.

  • Record of publication and external recognition in these areas.

  • Ability to work independently on a day-to-day basis.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication.

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

  • To perform the essential functions of this position, successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship which is required to comply with federal regulations and contract, illegal drug testing as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 and a background investigation will be required prior to employment.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, or a related field such as physics or materials science, with zero to three years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience. This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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