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Postdoctoral Positions in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Seeking two outstanding candidates with extensive inorganic, organic or organometallic chemistry experience to support emerging/growing programs focused on the fields of actinide chemistry and nuclear security.  Candidates will be performing synthetic chemistry to prepare, isolate and characterize novel compounds including those of the transition metals, or the actinides.  Study and optimization of metal catalyzed decomposition of organic compounds to generate gas pressure at low temperatures will also be pursued.  Candidates must be willing and able to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists from multiple organizations including Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering , Theoretical and Weapons Divisions.

Minimum Job Requirements:

A strong  background and extensive hands-on experience in synthetic chemistry.  The ability to work creatively and independently.  Demonstrated excellence in  written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record.

Desired Skills:

Experience with standard wet- and air-sensitive chemistry techniques for molecular synthesis and characterization (chromatography, Schlenk, drybox, chromatography, NMR and optical spectroscopy, etc.)  Knowledge of ligand design.  Additional experience in structural analysis (XRD) is a plus.

· Demonstrated ability to work independently and with  minimum supervision

· Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time

· Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance for one of the programs.


Ph.D. in chemistry within the last five years or soon to be completed is required

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.  Both positions are in the Chemistry Division in the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group (C-IIAC).

Notes to Applicants:

If interested, please send a CV with the names of three references to Jim Boncella at   For additional technical details, contact Dr. Jim Boncella at

Q Clearance:

Applicants selected to proceed with Q Clearance will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements*.

*Eligibility requirements:

To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; US citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.  See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:

The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppernheimer or Frederick Reines Fellowships.


For general information on the LANL Postdoc Program go to

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We welcome and encourage applications from the broadest possible range of qualified candidates.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process.  To request such an accommodation, please send email to or call 1-505-665-5627.

Postdoctoral Position at University of New Hampshire

A Postdoctoral position is available in Prof. Christine Caputo’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire, Durham NH, USA.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry (or anticipate completing a Ph.D. prior to start date), have a strong publication record, a strong background in the synthesis and handling of air-sensitive compounds (using both glovebox and Schlenk techniques) and have experience with standard spectroscopic techniques including IR, UV-Vis, multinuclear NMR, GC and MS spectroscopies.Candidates who have experience carrying out solar fuel related catalysis (photochemistry and/or Candidates who have experience carrying out solar fuel related catalysis (photochemistry and/or electrochemistry) are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous teaching and mentoring experience will be advantageous.
The position is available beginning in late August 2016.
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, a CV and the names of 2-3 professional references to Prof. Caputo at . More information is available on the website. Review of applications will begin on April 30th, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please be aware that international applicants will be required to apply for the appropriate visa and gain appropriate authorization to work in the US.

Postdoc Position at PNNL

Dear Colleague:

We are looking for a postdoc to join our molecular catalysis group at Pacific Northwest National Lab, and we request your help through encouraging potential candidates to apply.  The research position will focus on catalysis for H2 production and oxidation.  The position will include synthesis, characterization, catalyst testing, and mechanistic studies.  Expertise in the synthesis, manipulation, and characterization of air-sensitive compounds is essential, and experience in electrochemistry would be helpful, but is not required.

To apply, applicants can go to and locate job ID 304392.

If you know of any potential applicants, I would greatly appreciate your help in sending this information to them.



Monte L. Helm
Senior Scientist
Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis   
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN K2-57
Richland, WA 99352  USA
Tel: 509-375-2331
Fax: 509-375-6660

Postdoctoral Position @University of Alabama

There is an open postdoctoral position the Papish group at the University of Alabama, at the flagship campus in Tuscaloosa. A chemistry PhD is required. Desirable skills/interests include organometallic, inorganic synthesis and expertise in catalysis and kinetic studies. Experience with DFT is a plus though its not required. Applicants should send a CV to with subject line “postdoc”. Ability to write well and mentor younger students are among the criteria in my hiring decision. The postdoc may work on various catalysis projects or they may work on the ruthenium anticancer project in the group.  Position is open until filled and ideally the candidate will start in August to October.

Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
The University of Alabama
Shelby Hall
250 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 348-5822