Department of Chemistry



Postdoctoral Researcher - U.S. Department of Energy

TITLE: Postdoctoral Researcher – Nanostructured CO2 catalysis
DEPARTMENT: U.S. Department of Energy
AGENCY: National Energy Technology Laboratory
LEVEL: Postdoctoral
POSITION INFORMATION: 1 year appointment, Full-Time (40 hours per week), with the possibility of extension
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:  United States Citizens, LPRs & Foreign Nationals with appropriate approval.

SUMMARY:The Molecular Engineering Team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher in the area of nanomaterials synthesis and electrocatalytic CO2 conversion. The NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The candidate will work with a multi-functional team composed of synthetic chemists, physical/analytical chemists, and chemical engineers who collaboratively focus on the design, synthesis, and characterization of new catalyst materials. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.The candidate will synthesize, characterize and evaluate novel catalyst materials for the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into chemicals like CO, CH4, methanol, etc.  This role will be focused on tuning the CO2 conversion pathway and reaction products by controlling the catalyst size, shape, composition and support interactions. Materials of interest include, but are not limited to, nanoscale metals, metal oxides, alloys, core-shell and Janus-type particles, atomically-dispersed catalysts, and other related nanoscale structures. The candidate must have experience with nanomaterials synthesis and a variety of physical characterization techniques. Other desirable experience includes photoluminescence measurements, laboratory and/or synchrotron based X-ray techniques (spectroscopy, diffraction, scattering, etc.), gas/liquid chromatography, and electrochemical measurements. The candidate will be expected to conduct independent research within the project framework, collaborate with other NETL staff as needed, and publish results in high-quality scientific journals. Initial one-year appointment with potential for renewal.


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or approved Foreign Nationals
  • An ideal candidate must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or related fields.
  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within the past four years. 

HOW TO APPLY: 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 within NETL’s Office of Research & Development.

  • Interested applicants should complete the online application at
  • In the online application list Dr. Douglas Kauffman as your requested mentor.  This will associate your application with this job posting. 
  • Interested candidates may contact Dr. Kauffman ( directly with a current CV at the earliest opportunity.
  • If you have additional questions please contact Nancy Andres at, who is the NETL ORISE Program contact.