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Iowa State University Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames National Laboratory

Appointment Type:Post Doc/Trainee

Job Description:

Would you like to work for a National Laboratory that conducts world-renowned research? Would you enjoy working on a diverse, beautiful, university campus? Can you imagine yourself in a mid-sized location that regularly ranks as one of the U.S. Best Places to Live ( ? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider a career with Ames National Laboratory!

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy federally contracted National Laboratory located in Ames, Iowa, on the campus of Iowa State University. We are dedicated to translating foundational science through applied research to create technological innovations. We create materials, inspire minds to solve problems, and address some of the most challenging issues facing our world today. We promote and believe in a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, civility, and shared ownership in support of the Laboratory's collective success.

The Critical Materials Innovation Hub (CMI) with Iowa State University at the Ames National Laboratory is searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate.

The successful candidate will work with Principal Investigators and CMI Scientists on developing advanced low-temperature methods and technologies for extraction of lithium from hard-rock mineral spodumene. Additionally, they will contribute to the development of innovative methods for synthesizing or substituting critical materials within CMI Hub. The work will include developing, planning and performing experiments, critically analyzing results and performing process optimization to improve yields of desired products, and generating reports, presentations, and manuscripts for publication. The position requires ability to work in team setting with diverse group of researchers. The research will cover both fundamental and applied materials research. Ability to handle multiple tasks, meet set milestones, and draft quarterly progress reports is essential.

Areas of work include:

  • Solid-state chemistry including Mechanochemistry (ball milling) mostly at room temperature (also cryo and elevated temperatures) and high-temperature synthesis (reactive/inert atmospheres).

  • Wet-chemistry techniques required for extraction, which includes dissolution in acids/bases, precipitation, filtration, evaporation, purification to retain the highest yields.

  • Hydrometallurgical experience, hydrothermal reactions.

  • Chemical and structural characterization of reactants, intermediates, and reaction products by means of XRD analysis. Familiarity with DSC/TGA, SEM/TEM, ICP, XRD, IR, VSM.

The ideal candidate will be able to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences.

Proposed Start Date:April 1, 2024

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:March 31, 2025

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) List of Professional ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Postdocs enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time and leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing Program.

Original Posting Date: February 7, 2024

Posting Close Date:March 5, 2024

Job Requisition Number:R13940

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community. (

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.