National Renewable Energy Laboratory Postdoctoral Researcher – Analytical chemistry for advanced chemical upcycling of plastics in Golden, Colorado
Postdoctoral Researcher – Analytical chemistry for advanced chemical upcycling of plastics
CO - Golden
Postdoc (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals. The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL has an opening for a full time Postdoctoral Researcher within the Analytical Sciences Group.
The successful candidate will work in the DOE-funded Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP) project to enable low cost technologies that sustainably upcycle plastic. The specific role will contribute to the advanced analytical chemistry efforts in CUWP, analyzing products produced from plastics pyrolysis and plastics oxidation to aid in the development of reaction modeling and downstream catalytic upgrading.
The successful candidate will implement existing analytical methods and also develop new methods, with a main focus on LC-MS techniques for small molecules. The ability to conduct laboratory experiments with minimal supervision with the utmost regard to safety is required, as well as, the ability to learn new techniques and protocols.
The successful candidate will be able to:
Work safely and independently in a laboratory setting
Plan and execute research in collaboration with other researchers
Communicate scientific results effectively, both in written and oral formats
Author peer-reviewed publications, and
Work effectively in a large, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team of engineers and scientists.
Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.
Additional Required Qualifications
Demonstrated experience with analytical measurement techniques using UHPLC, qTOF LC-MS, triple quadrupole LC-MS, GC-FID, and GC-MS
Ability to characterize unique unknown compounds using an array of analytical techniques, when library matching is unavailable
Troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
Ability to deliver high-quality results within aggressive timelines
Strong record of quality peer-reviewed publications.
Strong safety record
Demonstrated ability to follow complex standard operating procedures with attention to detail.
Demonstrated experience with a high-resolution Waters Synapt G2 Si qTOF-IMS Mass Spectrometer
Demonstrated experience in detailed characterization of small-molecule products resulting from thermal and catalytic deconstruction of heterogeneous, polymeric substrates (e.g., biomass, plastics, etc.)
Demonstrated experience with NMR spectroscopy
Familiarity with chemical synthesis and separations techniques
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