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The Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking a Synchrotron Geochemist to join our team in Pittsburgh, PA. This opportunity will allow side by side execution of research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research. The employee will involve a multidisciplinary team, participation alongside other engineers, geologists, and data scientists to help develop next-generation tools aligned to the priorities of the DOE Fossil Energy and Carbon Management mission space.
This position allows for the successful candidate to work 50% onsite at the customer site and 50% from home.
Come join the Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where you’ll be able to work side by side conducting research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research; discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. You will contribute to the development of patents, written reports, journal articles, and contribute to presentations on findings, highlights, and innovative solutions in DOE-sanctioned meetings, scientific conferences, and national committees. Explore the Research Support Services (RSS) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) here - https://netl.doe.gov/
If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!
- Perform experiments to develop, characterize and optimize sorbents to enrich lithium (Li) from waste streams.
- Data collection, aggregation, processing, and interpretation of synchrotron microprobe and bulk spectroscopy studies on critical mineral characterization (e.g., rare earth elements, cobalt, nickel, and zinc) in different coal byproducts (e.g., fly ash and acid mine drainage treatment solids).
- Collaborating with interdisciplinary team, including geologists and other science researchers to assist each other in accomplishing project-related tasks
- Building relationships with internal and external clients
- Creating and delivers oral and poster presentations of results
- Publications in high quality scientific peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international technical meetings.
- Development of new intellectual property based on the innovative research.
- Period status reporting and project reports (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and clients.
- This position will require extensive interface with clients and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
- Ph.D. degree in geochemistry, environmental science, geology and materials characterization, or similar field with 2+ years experience
- Applicants must have basic knowledge of critical mineral recovery (e.g., lithium), mineralogy and crystallography, sorbent synthesis and characterization, analytical chemistry, fate and transport of trace metals, and synchrotron applications to environmental and geological samples
- Laboratory experience studying mineral synthesis and characterization (e.g., iron, manganese, and/or aluminum oxides) are desired.
- Experience writing proposals for and conducting analyses at synchrotron facilities is also requested.
- Understanding of and experience in surface and subsurface environments and rare earth elements/critical minerals.
- Experiences in developing, leading and successfully executing scientific projects are desired.
- Previous experience in developing, characterizing and optimizing sorbent and knowledge of acid mine drainage treatment systems is preferred.
- Background in applications leveraging advanced analytics for energy and environmental systems.
- Applicants should also have a strong characterization background, including but not limited to: X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Raman Spectroscopy and Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and imaging technologies.
- Familiarity with quantitative XRF data analysis, XANES speciation analysis and EXAFS coordination analysis is beneficial.
- Synchrotron experience with environmental and natural samples is preferred, and experience with other synchrotron applications are also encouraged.
- Evidence of substantive participation in geologic scientific community and culture next generation of young scientists.
Program Specific Salary Range: $90K to $95K
Pay Range:Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00
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