Department of Chemistry



Post Doc Nanostructured Materials - NETL

POSITION TITLE: Nanostructured Materials for Fischer-Tropsch Catalysis
DEPARTMENT: Department of Energy
AGENCY: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
LEVEL: Post-doctoral or early-career scientists
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, up to two years renewable
DUTY LOCATION: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens, LPRs, & Foreign Nationals with appropriate approval


The Molecular Engineering Team at NETL is seeking post-doctoral or early career researchers in the area of nanostructured materials for Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. Expertise in one or more of the following general areas is desired: nanomaterials synthesis, physical characterization of materials, and catalytic performance evaluations. The Molecular Engineering Team is composed of synthetic chemists, physical/analytical chemists, and chemical engineers who collaboratively focus on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new catalysts and sorbents for a variety of fossil energy applications. The candidate will be responsible for working within this team to initiate and conduct research in the area of Fischer-Tropsch catalysis with a focus on using nanostructured catalyst systems, encapsulated/confined catalyst systems, and pore engineered catalyst systems to create controlled deviations from classical Anderson-Schulz-Flory product distributions, as well as other catalytic performance enhancements. Microwave heating, plasmonic excitation, and other non-traditional excitation/energy sources are also being evaluated to assess how well these non-equilibrium approaches can be utilized for manipulating Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. Material systems of interest include nanostructured Fe and Co materials, graphene/carbon nanotubes, metal organic frameworks and zeolitic type materials, and high surface area heterostructures of these material systems.

Key Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or approved Foreign Nationals
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation

Minimum qualifications:

An M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a related field, with experience and publications in the synthesis or experimental characterization of nanostructured catalyst systems.

Preferred qualifications:

A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or related field.


Applicants should apply through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program. The ORISE Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students, recent graduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty researchers. NETL utilizes the ORISE program to support research and work within NETL’s Office of Research & Development. 

Interested applicants should complete the online application at