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Job #: R-00017771
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Category: Research Scientist
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance Required: None
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Civil


Job Requisition:

Chemist - Workforce Development

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a Chemist in Pittsburgh, PA to work onsite at the US-DOE operated National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Support is requested by an MS or BS level researcher for synthesizing and testing various chemical sensing materials to be used in field applications such as monitoring of CO2 in geological formations and corrosion monitoring. The Embedded Sensors team seeks a candidate with a background in electrochemistry, chemistry, and/or chemical engineering. Experience of thin films, organic / inorganic hybrid materials, nanotechnology, nanoparticles, and nanoporous materials is also highly desired. The researcher will work with principal investigator scientists to develop various sensing layer formulations and will test them under simulated conditions.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Deposition techniques such as wet chemistry deposition, and electrolytic and electroless plating.
  • Development and application for thin films of metal oxides, polymers and organic / inorganic hybrid materials including nanoporous metal-organic framework materials.
  • Electrochemistry and solid-electrolyte interaction. Experience with electrochemical techniques such as potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and related data analysis.
  • Materials characterization techniques including SEM, XRD, TGA, FTIR, XPS, etc.
  • Experience with optical, electronic, and mass-based measurement techniques including optical spectroscopy (UV, vis, near-IR, spectroscopic ellipsometry), 2- and 4-point resistivity and hall effect measurements, and QCM.

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, or related areas is required; and 2 years prior relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree and less than 2 years prior relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness and interest to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team environment to drive towards overall project and team objectives is also highly desired

TERM OF COMMITMENT: These research positions are intended to be term positions, with varying levels of commitment that are not expected to last longer than 2 years.  Candidates will be informed prior to applying what length of commitment is anticipated. Also, candidates who successfully fill a term position, may be invited to apply for an additional terms.  Nothing in this paragraph is intended to create an employment contract.  Employment will remain at will.

External Referral Bonus:


Potential for Telework:


Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Research Scientist



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