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Assistant Chemist - Experimental Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics


Job Description

The Chemical Science and Engineering Division (CSE) of Argonne National Laboratory is seeking applicants for a junior research scientist position in the area of experimental physical chemistry or chemical physics.

The research project aims at discovery effects of nuclear and electronic coherence on solar energy and photochemical processes. The experimental work involved setting up a new ultrafast laser system with multiple-pulse sequences in the ultrafast violet to infrared region with short femtosecond durations.

Position Requirements

  • Strong background and extensive hands-on experience on ultrafast laser spectroscopies are required, such as pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy, broadband transient absorption spectroscopy, impulsive stimulated Raman spectroscopy, and ultrafast infrared spectroscopy

  • Comprehensive knowledge of fundamental mechanisms for solar and photochemical energy conversion with extensive expertise photoinduced energy and charge transfer in molecules, molecular assemblies and aggregates, especially those of transition metal complexes 

  • The experience on molecular dynamics and quantum mechanical calculations are desirable

  • This position will involve a considerable amount of hands-on experiments in an existing laser laboratory and has extensive expertise on a variety of structural and dynamics characterization methods, such as static and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

  • The candidate is expected to think and work independently and conduct research in a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary environment with chemists from different branches of chemistry, such as inorganic, organic and biological chemistry as well as physicists and materials scientists

  • The candidate must have a Ph.D. in physical chemistry or physics with more than five years postdoctoral research experience and has demonstrated the ability of carrying on research in scientific frontiers and the productivity in scientific publications

RD 2: Bachelor’s and 5+ years, or Master’s and 3+ years, or Doctorate and 0 years, or equivalent

Job Family

Research Development (RD)

Job Profile

Chemistry 2

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis.  Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements.  Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.

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