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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Surface Science Studies of Model Catalysts

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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 11/16/2016

Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton, NY

Upton, NY
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Position Description

The successful candidate will be responsible to design and conduct experiments to elucidate kinetics and mechanism of catalytic processes, utilizing the extensive resources at Brookhaven National Laboratory for both standard and advanced surface science and catalysis characterization, including use of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials and the National Synchrotron Light Source II.

She/he will participate in studies focused on elucidation of the morphological, electronic and chemical properties of model and powder catalysts. The main objective of this project is to generate basic knowledge that can be used to explain and predict the behavior of catalysts used for the activation of methane (CH4) to produce syngas (CO/H2) and methanol (CH3OH).

The experimental work will involve the characterization of the model catalysts using conventional surface science techniques (Low-Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Infrared Reflection and Absorbance Spectroscopy (IRRAS), Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and new in situ tools (Ambient Pressure -XPS, -IRRAS). Work will also be performed with powder catalysts, provided by outside collaborators, that will involve the use of in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (EXAFS, XANES) coupled to in house spectroscopy (Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS) and Raman).

This position is a two (2) year term appointment.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering

* Extensive experience in surface science and catalysis studies.

Other Information:

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes but is not limited to:

* Medical Plans

* Vacation

* Holidays

* Dental Plans

* Life Insurance

* 401(k) Plan

* On site Child Development Center, Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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