Postgraduate Career Strategies: National Lab, Part 2

The CSMC will host a repeat webinar: “Postgraduate Career Strategies: National Lab” as part of the ongoing series of Innovation Webinars.

Panelists from national labs will discuss the current landscape of various national labs and the transition from working as a graduate student/post doc to working in a national lab researcher position. Panelists will answer questions regarding current expectations for recent graduates, points to consider when searching for jobs as well as their own personal experiences in making the transition from graduate school to a career in a national lab.

Part 1

We apologize for the technical difficulties. Despite sound and connection issues for some attendees and the necessity to reboot the webinar, a recording can be found at the link below.  

 **********    View the Recording from 2/19 here ************

Part 2

We will hold the webinar again at noon on 3 March. It's free, but registration is required:

    ******** Registration link ********* 


Monte L. Helm
Senior Research Scientist
Physical Sciences Division, Pacific Northwest National Lab, WA

Monte received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Minnesota State University of Moorhead, then completed is Graduate studies in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After successive postdocs at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Monte joined the faculty at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2003.  In 2012 Monte moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he is currently a Senior Research Scientist and Deputy Director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, a DOE Energy Research Frontier Center. His research interests revolve around synthetic and structural main group chemistry with emphasis on the synthesis of new phosphorus containing compounds for selective metal coordination, activation and catalysis.


Ashfia Huq
Instrument Scientist
POWGEN, Oak Ridge National Lab, TN

Ashfia received her bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Mount Holyoke College in 1996.  Afterwards, she received her PhD. in Physics at SUNY Stony Brook under the supervision of Dr. Peter W. Stephens in 2003. Ashfia followed up with a three year post-doctoral research position at Intense Pulse Neutron Source.  In 2006 she was hired as the second instrument scientist for the powgen, general purpose powder diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  In 2011, she became the lead scientist for this instrument and developed a vibrant user program.   Since September 2013, Ashfia has also taken on the responsibility for overseeing the activities of four of the diffraction instruments (NOMAD, POWGEN, SNAP and TOPAZ) at SNS as the Diffraction group leader for Chemical and Engineering Materials Division. Ashfia’s primary research interest is Neutron and X-ray powder diffraction of chemical and condensed matter systems. 


Mark D. Allendorf
Senior Scientist
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA

Mark is a Senior Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California and holds degrees in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis (A.B.) and Stanford (Ph.D.). At Sandia, he leads efforts to develop the fundamental science and applications of metal-organic frameworks and related materials. Current research interests include chemical sensing, gas separations, MOFs for electronic devices, and MOF catalysts for biofuels production.  Mark is President Emeritus and Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and has received multiple awards for research, leadership, and teamwork, including a 2014 R&D100 Award for a novel approach to radiation detection.