Environmental Biogeochemistry Postdoctoral Research Associate

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
competitive salary, medical benefits, three weeks of paid vacation, relocation benefit
Oct 06, 2017
Nov 05, 2017
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The Environmental Sciences Division (ESD), http://www.esd.ornl.gov, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://www.ornl.gov, is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in the area of environmental biogeochemistry.  The project is aimed at understanding the interfacial processes between contaminant metals, natural organics, microorganisms, and minerals. You will be involved in a multidisciplinary research team investigating coupled geochemical, biological and environmental processes that influence the chemical speciation, biological uptake and transformation of contaminants (such as mercury) in water and sediments. You should have the experience necessary to initiate laboratory studies, which include, but are not limited to, developing or refining research ideas, setting up laboratory experiments, collecting experimental data, data analysis, and writing scientific report and journal publications. You will work closely with Dr. Baohua Gu and other group members and also collaborate closely with other scientists at ORNL and collaborating institutions.


Major Duties/Responsibilities

You will have the responsibility to design and conduct laboratory experiments, maintain detailed scientific records, analyze experimental data, present results within the research team and at national and international conferences, and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The nature of our scientific work is highly multidisciplinary, and projects will be carried out in close collaboration with scientists from a variety of scientific backgrounds, including geochemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, physical chemistry, or a related field to investigate the biochemistry of contaminant transformations.

Qualifications Required

  • PhD in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, microbiology, physical chemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with advanced analytical and spectroscopic techniques such as high-resolution mass spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared and fluorescence spectroscopy is highly desired.
  • You cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting your appointment.
  • You should demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a large, multidisciplinary team and should be able to design and execute experiments, perform data analyses and interpretation of experimental results.
  • Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences, and experience with environmental biogeochemistry are expected.



Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are required.

This position is a temporary, full-time assignment for a maximum of 24 months, contingent upon successful performance and continued funding.