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Russell Heath Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate

Russell Heath Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate - (14533)


Job Information
Job Title: Russell Heath Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate   
Org: University Partnerships
HR Consultant: Christina Morgan
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town)

Mission/Vision Statement
Empowering the Nation's Energy Future
Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. 

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking candidates for the Russell Heath Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate Appointment. This appointment is awarded to early career scientists and engineers with interest in advancing the fields of nuclear energy, critical infrastructure protection, and clean energy deployment. Ideal candidates have exceptional talent, scientific track records, and potential for significant achievements. This appointment may support candidates represented broadly by the fields of nuclear engineering, material science, computational science, separations science, power engineering, wireless technology, or systems analysis. 



• A PhD in a science or engineering discipline that is closely related to INL’s mission
• PhD must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous three years
• Demonstrated leadership and independence potential

Preference will be given to candidates who:
• Possess a PhD degree from a prestigious university
• Are from a prestigious graduate program in their field of research, and/or have completed a research experience or Postdoc appointment at a premier institution

Please submit the following to Jessica Dixon at
Current Curriculum Vitae
Unofficial transcripts
Letter of interest including:
Long-term professional goals
Dates of availability
Descriptions of disciplinary strengths and disciplinary areas in which candidate desires continued research
Maximum length: Two pages in letter format (U.S. 8.5 x 1, single sided)
Bibliography of publications, preprints, and significant presentations (if not already listed in CV)
One peer reviewed publication preprint or reprint of candidate's choice
Abstract of Doctoral Dissertation
Three letters of recommendation
One recommendation must be from Ph.D. advisor
Proposed Short Research Plan including:
Research to be addressed
Conjectures or hypotheses to be tested
Proposed methods of investigation and the guiding, relevant theoretical frameworks
Schedule, unburdened budget, major equipment needs, and other necessary resources
Maximum length: Two pages (U.S. 8.5 x 11, single sided)

Proposed Short Research Plan including:
Please ensure your proposal addresses the following sections:

Project description/abstract: A stand-alone paragraph that should be understandable to a technically literate lay reader. Please include a problem statement, the knowledge gap being filled, and a very brief overview of the proposed solution to fill the gap. Please be explicit about why the project is innovative (reference state of the art in field). State the potential impact of the research.

Significance: Describe the scientific/technical problem that the proposal addresses, explain why this problem is significant, and introduce the proposed novel approach for addressing this problem (please explicitly call out what is novel). How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field and across different fields? Is it closely related to work being done at INL, at other DOE laboratories, or elsewhere?

Research Plan: Provide a brief overview of research plan and objectives (specific aims). For each objective/aim: (i) provide a description of the scientific hypothesis to be tested or technical concepts to be demonstrated to achieve the objective/aim, (ii) discuss the methods, materials, facilities, protocols to be employed, and techniques for analyzing data and validating results as appropriate, (iii) describe the expected results and impacts (e.g., fundamental breakthroughs, enabling technologies).

Products and Deliverables: How will this project contribute to achieving INL’s mission, or what question will we be able to answer that we couldn’t answer previously? i.e., “at the end of this project we will have a greater understanding of X, which matters because of Y.” Publications and conference presentation are encouraged.

Potential for Follow-On Activities: Describe how the results will be disseminated; include likely journals in which this would be published and conferences, workshops, and planning activities at which the work would be presented.

Schedule and Budget: Present the estimated, unburdened budgets and personnel time for each task described. Materials, subcontracts and travel budgets should be listed as well.
Maximum length: Two pages (U.S. 8.5 x 11, single sided)
Selective Service Requirements
To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see
Employee Job Functions
Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

Work Conditions: Near Vision; Depth perception; Speech discrimination.
Work Conditions: Hazardous chemical/waste; Typing/keyboard; >8 Hrs/day.

Please Apply Before: September 30, 2020 (Midnight) 

 Environmental, Safety and Health Statement
Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

Other Information
When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

INL Overview
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense.  With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.

The Idaho Falls Area
Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and

JOB: Postdoc
ORGANIZATION: Laboratory Director (A0xx)
SCHEDULE: Full-time
JOB POSTING: Apr 7, 2020, 5:42:58 PM
UNPOSTING DATE: Sep 30, 2020, 11:59:00 PM