Postdoctoral Researcher – Molten Salt Technology Development

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7117507 (Ref:414553)

Posted: December 6, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Appointee will be part of a multidisciplinary team conducting R&D work for the development of molten salt technologies for nuclear, electrometallurgy, and chemical processing applications.

With guidance, the appointee will:

  • Develop new equipment and operational approaches for molten salt chemical and electrochemical processes that enable material recovery and/or purification

  • Develop molten salt monitoring and control technologies to enable operations of large-scale molten salt systems

  • Perform experiments to understand and quantify reaction pathways and kinetics for molten salt chemical systems

  • Analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, attend and make presentations at scientific meetings

  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, and Laboratory management through status updates, technical research reports, project presentations, and other regular channels.

Position Requirements

To be considered, the candidate will be expected to have the following skills:

  • Knowledge of general principles of chemistry and chemical technology is required.

  • Skill in devising and performing experiments to acquire data, using and maintaining research equipment, compiling, evaluating, and reporting test results.

  • Good skill in the presentation of ideas, results and in the presentation of reports is required.

  • Experience in electrochemistry or electrochemical engineering is desired, but not mandatory.

  • Experience with high-temperature 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, materials science, chemistry, 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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Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
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