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The incumbent will have the following duties: Systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward the development of new or fuller scientific knowledge of the subject studied with or without reference to a specific application. The work involves theoretical and experimental investigations or simulation of experiments and conditions to develop principles, criteria, methods, and a body of data of general applicability for use by others. Specifically, plan and execute research projects on meso-, micro-, and nano-scale porous/structured materials for industrial and scientific applications; aid in the development a center of excellence for materials measurements and separations, especially as related to engineered nanoscale materials; to establish standards and measurement protocols for metrology relating to such materials; and to generate reference data for evaluating the properties of materials, including those with industrial and scientific applications. Advance knowledge and skill in applying theories, principles, and methods of a chemistry and materials and of a specialty within that field. Ability to define problems, perform background research, develop and execute a project plan, organize and evaluate results, and prepare reports of findings. Ability to consider precedents and use judgment to research, select, interpret, modify, adapt, and apply available guidelines to specific problems or issues. Ability to present ideas and results in a clear, compelling and persuasive manner. Work with processing/structure/properties relationships in sorbent materials, zeolites, meso-/micro-/nano-porous materials; nanoscale engineered materials using gravimetric and manometric/volumetric techniques; pycnometry; pore-size distribution analysis; surface area analysis; transmission electron microscopy x-ray spectroscopies; dynamic light scattering; reference materials; reference data; interlaboratory studies;
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