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February 2017

Job Opportunity: Seeking Chief Scientist for Catalysis Science

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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an accomplished senior scientist to lead a new laboratory focus in Chemical Conversions. This position is responsible for providing vision and leadership to strengthen and develop new PNNL capabilities in catalysis, which will involve planning and implementing strategies for new facilities and instrumentation, and contributing to the Laboratory's Chemical Transformations Initiative. In collaboration with scientists and engineers in basic and applied science programs at PNNL, the successful candidate will translate fundamental chemical science to applied problems, accelerating the development of novel catalysts to address national challenges. Further, this individual will work collaboratively with the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC), which is the home of PNNL's U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Basic Energy Sciences Catalysis program, and a cornerstone of its integrated fundamental and applied catalysis strategy. 

Currently the Catalysis program at PNNL consists of activities in the following areas:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Surface science
  • Homogeneous catalysis, including the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, a DOE Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Centers
  • Bioinspired/biomimetic catalysis
  • Biocatalysis

The successful candidate is expected to immediately begin leading peer-reviewed fundamental research in an area complementary to the above efforts, preferably in the areas of biocatalysis or heterogeneous clectrochemistry. He or she is expected to do so by collaborating with current PNNL staff, enhancing ongoing research efforts, and strategically developing and executing a plan to secure federal support for future research activities. 

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