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Synthetic / Polymer Chemistry - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 04/15/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in the synthesis and degradation of polymers, small molecules, and porous materials for carbon dioxide capture. You will actively participate in a multidisciplinary team performing mechanistic and kinetic analysis of carbon capture and materials degradation processes. This position is in the Materials for Energy and Climate Security group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will 

  • Characterize chemistries leading to the degradation of carbon capture adsorbents, including polymer and amine oxidation and porous polymer scaffold embrittlement.
  • Synthesize polymers, organic small molecules, and porous materials using air- and moisture-free techniques and innovate improved molecular designs to achieve target properties.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of experiments to develop chemical mechanisms and measure reaction kinetics of polymer degradation processes.
  • Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals, and present results within the DOE community, at project team meetings, and at conferences.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary and multi-institution team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Maintain and establish laboratory protocols and best safety practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • Practical experience in polymer and organic small molecule synthesis, development of chemical reaction mechanisms, and characterization of reaction kinetics.
  • Ability to develop structure-property-performance relationships and innovate improved molecular designs to achieve target properties.
  • Experience in analytical techniques and characterization methods (NMR, FTIR, HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, TGA, DSC, GPC, etc.).
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Ability to develop and execute independent research projects documented through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills as reflected in effective presentations at seminars, meetings and/or teaching lectures.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with amine chemistry, particularly preparation and analysis of molecules and polymers containing multiple amines.
  • Experience with polymer or amine oxidation chemistry, mechanisms, and related chemical degradation phenomena.
  • Familiarity with carbon capture systems and materials modeling techniques (atomistic to continuum).

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

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LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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