Laboratory Fellow, Polymer Science
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302440
Fundamental & Computational Sciences
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a scientist to provide leadership in the area of polymer science for a major new initiative in Materials Synthesis and Simulation (MS3) across Scales and to contribute to a range of existing fundamental and applied science research programs.
PNNL is making strategic internal investments in laboratory capabilities and expertise to develop a predictive science and technology for synthesis of nanostructured and biomimetic materials. The MS3 Initiative is a multi-million dollar, multi-year program that will develop capabilities to address the challenge of synthesizing materials at a useful scale through well-understood processes, while preserving the unique functions of nanomaterials and macromolecules and exploiting those that emerge through assembly and integration.
This strategic investment is meant to connect and strengthen existing PNNL fundamental and applied science programs in chemical and materials sciences, with broad relevance and application to novel nanocomposite synthesis and reactive separations to create opportunities for future programmatic growth in these areas.
We seek an individual who will lead the polymer science effort within the Initiative and be a major contributor to the broader scope of materials science at PNNL by developing teams with innovative approaches to synthesis of block co-polymers and high-information content biomimetic polymers.
The successful candidate will be expected to immediately provide leadership for fundamental, peer-reviewed research in this area of the MS3 Initiative, build a new program in fundamental polymer science with, for example, sponsorship by DOEs Office of Basic Energy Sciences, translate fundamental polymer research to applications in energy and environment, and help to mentor junior staff towards proposal development and self-sufficiency.
Active collaboration with relevant research staff across Group and Division organizations in the Fundamental and Computational Science Directorate, Energy & Environment Directorate and in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory is essential.
Responsibilities & Accountabilities
- Lead the development of the research plan in polymer science for MS3 that enables the thrusts in open framework materials and biomimetic polymers to be successful
- Establish a polymer science group that carries out a world-class research in polymer science
- Work with researchers in all thrusts to apply polymer science to the scientific and technological challenges of the initiative
- Develop proposals to DOEs Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, and other agencies for novel research in polymer science
- Lead and/or contribute to research projects including performing research leading to high-value results, developing expertise and ideas, and mentoring scientific staff
- Contribute to external scientific activities including those that set the future research agenda in the field
A Ph.D. with 7 years experience and distinguished personal achievements are required.
International reputation publication list in field of expertise.
Must have a widely recognized national and international authority.
Technical contributions must be recognized as having a very substantial impact on advancing the current state of knowledge and understanding in scientific or technical disciplines.
An extensive publication list is required.
All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
The following are essential to this position:
- Established research career, outstanding publication record, and international reputation
- Proven ability to develop and lead groundbreaking scientific research
- Demonstrated expertise in the development and application of experimental approaches to polymer research
- Demonstrated ability to develop novel capabilities to advance polymer science
- Demonstrated success in conceiving research programs and attracting funding for them
- Experience at managing and/or mentoring others
- Success at leading activities of teams to accomplish common goals
- Experience at leading a complex effort requiring meeting targets within given budgets
- Ph.D. in an area of fundamental science with 10 years experience
- International reputation in materials science, with a demonstrated ability to attract and carry out R&D programs as evidenced by an extensive publication record
- Ability to conduct high-quality, productive research in areas of importance to our BES- and other DOE-sponsored programs
Level of Responsibility:
- Operates independently with reporting duties to a Director of the Physical Sciences Division
- Manages strategic and day-to-day operations in the Materials Sciences organization
Equal Employment Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.
All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.
All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States
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