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Under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI), Postdoctoral Fellow will:

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the chemistry and catalysts suitable for formate-based hydrogen uptake / release.
  • Optimize the selection of catalysts, equipment set up, and the operation conditions for formate-based hydrogen uptake / release.
  • Critically evaluate all results in terms of technically and economically practical systems for scale-up.
  • Write quarterly and annual reports to DOE in the timely manner.
  • Recognize and exploit opportunities for innovation and the generation of new theoretical perspectives, and progress opportunities for the further development or creation of new lines of research proposals.

Additional Information

Hydrogen economy has the potential to be a 2,500 Billion US$ business by 2050. The ability to store and distribute hydrogen is crucially important. WSU is developing new ways to combine the control of carbon dioxide emissions with the production and use of formate as a hydrogen carrier. This project will focus on the development of next-generation catalysts for hydrogenation of captured CO2 and dehydrogenation of formate, as well as the development of a prototype formate-based hydrogen uptake / release system and evaluate its techno-economic potential for commercialization.

The postdoctoral fellow position is for one year, and can renew for two more years based on the satisfactory performance. The postdoctoral fellow has the opportunity to work with the world class scientists in the DOE Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) team as well as the industrial partners. The HyMARC is a consortium of five national laboratories: Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. HyMARC assembles deep national laboratory expertise in hydrogen science, large-scale computational modeling, and state-of-the-art characterization tools to accelerate discovery of materials for hydrogen storage.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctorate in a relevant discipline area, such as Chemical Engineering or Chemistry.
  • Demonstrated ability to investigate, understand, and optimise chemical reaction mechanisms.
  • Experience in heterogeneous catalyst synthesis and characterisation.
  • Familiarity with techniques such as IR spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, and chromatography to identify and characterise chemical species.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including publishing in peer reviewed journals and/or authorship of scientific papers, reports, and presenting at national conferences.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, including the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with heterogeneous catalysis in condensed phase environments.
  • Familiarity with CO2 / formate chemistry.
  • Experience in techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Screening of applications will begin January 21, 2020, and continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) Curriculum Vitae 2) a cover letter and 3) contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

1 year
Commensurate with qualifications and experience

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