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Separations Chemist at ORNL

The Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking an early career chemist with a strong background in separations and radiochemistry to perform research in separations chemistry in a variety of projects ranging from fundamental research on novel molecular-recognition chemistry to applied efforts dealing with such problems as recovery of critical materials, recycle of used nuclear fuel, treatment of waste, and sensing of trace contaminants.


  • Work with a diverse team of scientists seeking both to advance scientific understanding of chemical recognition and separation phenomena, as well as use this understanding to solve real world applications
  • Design and perform hands-on separations experiments utilizing solvent extraction and ion exchange methods to meet project goals
  • Responsible for operation of a radiochemical laboratory and training of staff in radiochemical methods
  • Independently formulate research problems and design research strategies, and work with both computational chemists and experimentalists to guide the design of new receptors and characterize their separation properties
  • Train group postdocs, students, and visiting scholars in separations methods and radiochemical methodologies developed in the group
  • Participate in the initiation of new research directions and development of research proposals to compete for internal and external funding
  • Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


  • PhD in Chemistry or a closely related science discipline and up to five years of subsequent research experience involving separations chemistry and radiochemical methods
  • Strong background in solvent extraction or ion exchange, dealing with actinides, lanthanides, or fission products
  • A solid foundation in inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry with a demonstrated working knowledge of thermodynamics and kinetics
  • A strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills in order to have effective interaction with technical peers, program managers, and sponsors
  • Self-motivated, safety conscious and capable of innovative, independent research resulting in peer-reviewed publications
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues


  • Expertise in coordination and supramolecular chemistry and various spectroscopic methods, including application of X-ray or neutron-scattering techniques for structural analysis

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit AT ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

WORK DIRECTION AND INTERFACES: Position reports to the Group Leader, Chemical Separations Group in the Chemical Sciences Division. Interface with administrative staff, managers and visitors to ORNL.

MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS: Extract from annual performance measures.

Please apply at http://bit.ly/separationschemist.

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