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Argonne National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Appointee



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

The successful candidate will perform innovative research in the Interfacial Processes Group (Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division) through the use, application, and development of X-ray scattering (e.g., coherent scattering, interfacial X-ray reflectivity) to understand molecular-scale processes occurring at mineral-water interfaces. These studies will also leverage various in-house capabilities including scanning probe microscopy, optical holographic interferometry, scanning electron microscopy, etc., including the interpretation of experimental data, and the presentation of results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed literature.

Position Requirements

  • Considerable knowledge of synchrotron-based x-ray scattering techniques for in situ and operando studies to probe structure and reactivity (e.g., coherent diffraction imaging, X-ray reflectivity).
  • Knowledge of interfacial science, low-temperature geochemistry or materials science; experimental techniques in interfacial science; and mathematical techniques and computer programming for data analysis.
  • Considerable skill in working interactively and productively in a multidisciplinary environment and good ability to work independently.
  • Good skill in oral and written communication and good record of publication and external recognition in relevant areas.
  • Skill in the use and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • This position may require the ability to travel for work at out-of-state synchrotron facilities when required.
  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in X-ray physics, materials science, interfacial chemistry, or geochemistry at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

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Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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