Postdoctoral Research Assistant — Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Development of microfluidic systems for vacuum compatible studies at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA

We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral scientist to develop microfluidic flow systems for multimodal chemical analysis of biofilms and bacteria.

Job Description:  The goal of this research is to develop a multimodal analytical platform.  The postdoctoral scientist will develop microfluidic systems for cultivating and characterizing biofilms and bacteria using multiple analytical techniques.  The main workload will be dedicated to the fabrication and continued development of the unique vacuum compatible flow cell and its applications in basic and applied scientific research.  The publications describing our new technique are seen in the following:, and

Minimum Requirements:  Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university.  All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

Qualifications:  PhD in chemistry, MEMS, chemical engineering, life sciences, biotechnology sectors, or electrical engineering with an emphasis on Lab-on-a-Chip.

We expect research experience and publications on microfluidics and its applications in chemistry, biological sciences or engineering.  The position requires a background and technical knowhow on design, fabrication, and implementation of microfluidic systems, e.g., lithography, soft lithography, etc.  Good writing and communication skills are necessary to present scientific findings in peer-reviewed journal articles and conferences.  The candidate will primarily work with a senior scientist to develop and fabricate microfluidic devices.  He or she will have ample opportunities to collaborate with other senior staff at PNNL and get familiarized with various advance analytical techniques.  Good interpersonal skills are an asset to work in a team setting.  Past experiences in using SEM, TEM, ToF-SIMS, or XPS is useful but not required.

We offer:  The position is initially awarded for 1 year and renewable up to 3 years contingent upon performance and funding availability.  We offer a multidisciplinary and enthusiastic research environment where the chemistry, engineering, and cell biology knowhow is combined.  The collaboration and the wide variety of knowhow of the research groups participating in the project create opportunities not only for scientific breakthroughs but also self-development.  In addition, we offer a competitive salary with benefits.

How to apply:  The application should be submitted electronically in English by November 15th 2012.  Please send applications to  The applications, assembled as a single PDF file, should contain a complete resume, cover letter describing research interests and goals, full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, as well as the names and contact information of three references (expected to provide letters of recommendation).

Equal Employment Opportunity:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.  All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.  All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

About Tri-Cities:  Please visit the website for more information:  The Tri-Cities started out with 3 main communities: Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland – but the phenomenal growth of neighboring West Richland has made the area more of a “Quad-City”.  Located just hours from Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, the area is embraced by the beauty of a desert landscape and connected by the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers.  The Tri-Cities offers a multitude of recreational, cultural, and historical activities and is a great place to visit and live.  We’re known for our premier golf courses, award-winning wineries, unique shopping, and abundant outdoor and water recreation.  Click on the link above to learn more about the various communities.  PNNL is located in Richland, WA.

Salary: ~ $50,000 annually


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