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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ionic Liquids: Reaction Kinetics and Mechanisms

Job ID 1565 Date posted 12/12/2018


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Our group uses unique, world-leading instrumentation to study reaction dynamics at very short timescales and employs transient infrared spectroscopy to specifically identify reaction intermediates. This post-doctoral research associate will primarily work in the BNL Chemistry Division’s Accelerator Center for Energy Research (ACER), which features the Laser-Electron Accelerator Facility (LEAF) for picosecond pulse radiolysis, and a 2 MeV electron Van de Graaff for longer-timescale experiments. Work will also occur in chemistry labs and laser flash photolysis labs in the Chemistry Division. This position also involves collaborations in ionic liquid synthesis, structure, dynamics and computational studies with several universities around the country and abroad.



The post-doctoral research associate will be responsible for pulse radiolysis and laser photolysis investigations of reaction kinetics and mechanisms in ionic liquids, in pure form and in mixtures containing solutes. The purposes of the studies are to understand: 1) the fundamental radiation chemistry of ionic liquids and how it can be manipulated to produce desired products in known yields, and 2) how the molecular-scale heterogeneity of ionic liquids controls charge-transfer processes that are important for many energy applications.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform pulse radiolysis experiments on ACER’s two electron accelerators
  • Perform flash photolysis experiments on picosecond and nanosecond laser systems
  • Work with undergraduate interns who prepare and characterize custom-made ionic liquids to support physical studies
  • Participate in translating the experimental results into new scientific knowledge through the use of advanced data analysis techniques
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Develop and maintain safe practices and working conditions



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field
  • Experience with experimental, time-resolved studies of reaction kinetics and mechanisms
  • Experience with experimental data analysis
  • Self-motivated and ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in (or familiarity with) radiation chemistry
  • Experience in pulse radiolysis or laser flash photolysis techniques
  • Experience in elucidating reaction mechanisms from kinetics experiments
  • Familiarity with glove box usage

Other Information

  • Occasional travel to meetings and other laboratories

  • Occasional shift and weekend work

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.

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Medical Plans
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401(K)
Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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, sex orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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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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