Postdoctoral Position Available in the Area of FTIR / Optical Signatures


Job Title Post Doctorate RA – Infrared Spectroscopy
Job ID 309384
Location PNNL – Richland, WA
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Temporary
Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 309384
Directorate: National Security
Division: Signatures Science & Technology
Group: Applied Physics

Job Description
The 4,500 professionals at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provide a national scientific resource for
the Department of Energy and numerous other federal organizations. Our world-class chemists and
spectroscopists, along with a broad cadre of scientific and engineering disciplines, work in cross-disciplinary
teams to routinely solve some of the most difficult challenges facing our nation. In the Applied Physics Group
new opportunities exist for post-doctoral research associates to support research and development in infrared
spectroscopy focusing on quantitative Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectral measurements, refractive
indices calculations, and infrared laser systems. The position will involve FTIR measurements, single-angle
reflectance methods, ellipsometry, simple transmission measurements and the use of BRDF methods to
derive the refractive indices n and k. The impact of this research is significant and will provide opportunities to
publish in leading scientific journals and participate in scientific conferences. PNNL offers a flex time policy
that enables staff to work in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and still find time to enjoy the Pacific
Northwest region.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from
an accredited college or university.
The qualified candidate must have an academic background in physical chemistry, chemical physics, optics or
related field, with a research emphasis in infrared spectroscopy. The position requires a solid understanding of
sample preparation for spectroscopic analysis, infrared spectral data interpretation, and a strong background
in optical instrumentation. Experience in this area is required.
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a potential future Q security clearance, which requires
U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D. in physical chemistry, chemical physics, optics or related field with demonstrated experience in
quantitative infrared spectroscopy, refractive indices calculations, infrared laser systems or Fourier transform
infrared spectroscopy. The ideal candidate will have both theoretical and experimental background
experience, as well as familiarity with data analysis and report writing software, e.g. IGOR, LabView, OPUS,
MS Office suite, etc.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to
demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at Job ID 309384