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Postdoctoral Appointee

Title:  Postdoctoral Appointee Date Posted:  05/30/2012
Division:  Chemical Sciences and Engineering Date Re-posted:  
Requisition:  319388 CSE Salary:  4586-7644
Employment Category:  Temporary Pay Cycle:  Monthly
Shift:  8:30 - 5:00 Grade:  700
Hours:  40  
Job Description
  Basic Purpose
  Under the guidance of a supervisor, conduct fundamental research on the structure and function of biomass conversion catalysts. The research will involve synthesis, characterization, and catalytic reactor testing of new materials. The Postdoctoral Appointee will be working with a larger group from Argonne and 3 universities. Synthesis work will entail deposition of metallic precursors on to metal oxide supports. Characterization work will require the use of synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy (XANES and EXAFS). Research includes experimental set-up and synchrotron X-ray data acquisition with particular focus on high energy X-ray scattering techniques, data processing, and development of algorithms for structure analysis. Reactor testing will involve determining kinetics and selectivity patterns for heterogeneous catalysts in either plug flow or batch reactors. Future work may involve the use of fast screening combinatorial reactors.
  Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Considerable knowledge of and expertise in one or more of the following areas: heterogeneous catalysis synthesis, catalytic reactor testing of new materials, XAS data collection and data processing of catalysts under operando conditions.
Good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Good skill in data processing, evaluation, and interpretation. Good skill in working in an interdisciplinary, research team setting.
Some knowledge of and experimental expertise in chemistry, biophysics, optical spectroscopy.
This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering or related disciplines at the Ph.D. degree level with zero to three years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.
  Minimum Education/Experience Requirements
Years Since Ph.D. -- 0-1, 1-2, 2-3

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