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Job #: R-00111161
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: No
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 10%
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil

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We are seeking and exceptional and motivated recent Ph.D. graduate (<5 years) interested in pursuing their passion by working side-by-side with world experts through a post-doctoral research appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). In this role, you will work as part of DOE’s leading engineering Research & Development laboratory team supporting NETL to pursue cutting-edge research on carbon nanomaterials for electronic devices. Specifically, you will work with NETL’s carbon materials manufacturing team to develop novel methods to synthesize and functionalize graphene quantum dots and fabricate atomically thin quasi-2D amorphous carbon films for transistor and memristor applications. In this role, you will engage with world-class carbon materials synthesis researchers and electronic memory device engineers, including leading DOE scientists and external partners to develop world-changing memory technologies that address internet of things and big data era challenges.

What this opportunity with Leidos supporting NETL uniquely provides you:

  • Working on applied, cutting-edge projects with global impact while being mentored by the nation’s leading energy scientists and engineers.
  • Real-world experience supplemented with technical development and discussions that provide unique insight into the broad range of mission critical engineering and scientific disciplines NETL leverages to support national energy research and policy development.
  • Unique access to world-class, customized facilities specific to high impact energy research, technology generation, and patent development.
  • Participation in novel fundamental and applied energy technology development with direct economic impact on global carbon management and resource use.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Synthesize graphene, graphene quantum dots, and carbon quantum dots using different domestic carbon feedstocks.
  • Functionalize graphene, graphene quantum dots, and carbon quantum dots to tune properties, especially dispersibility in organic solvent(s).
  • Characterize the structural, optical, and electronic properties of carbonaceous materials and composites using techniques including electron microscopy, FTIR, Raman, UV-Vis spectroscopy, XPS, and XRD.
  • Fabricate carbon thin films and characterize properties of carbon films.
  • Participate and present results in regular team meetings, contribute to progress reports and research proposals, and prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.

Required Experience, Skills, and Education:

  • Ph.D. in relevant discipline (Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or a related engineering discipline) within the past five years or will complete your degree prior to the starting date.
  • Considerable knowledge of and experimental expertise in conducting synthesis and functionalization of carbon nanomaterials as demonstrated through publication record.
  • Experience with common carbon materials characterization techniques such as AFM, SEM, XPS, Raman, FTIR, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy, and XRD.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish high impact research.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to solve problems of scientific and technological interest.
  • Must be able to meet the requirements for gaining access to work on the NETL campus.

Preferred Experience, Skills, and Education:

  • Experience with or knowledge of thin film fabrication and characterization techniques.
  • Experience with or knowledge of electronic memory devices such as transistors or memristors.

Salary Range for this position: $80K to $95K

Pay Range:

Pay Range $63,050.00 - $97,000.00 - $130,950.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 45,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $14.4 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2022.  For more information, visit

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