Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Battery
A team of scientists at the Molecular Foundry led by the Helms group are
engaged in a multi-PI program in materials discovery and development for high
energy density lithium-metal batteries, which are needed to accelerate the
electrification of transportation. This project is funded through the ARPA-E
The Postdoc will lead the electrochemical testing of new electrolytes, as well
as other components in lithium-metal cells for applications in electric
aircraft. This will be done with the aid of machine learning and an AI-driven
robotics platform for autonomous electrolyte screening and optimization for
key performance metrics controlling power and power fade in electric aircraft
battery cells. Key collaborators include PIs and students from Carnegie Mellon
University (Viswanathan group), as well as top scientists from two high-
profile battery start-ups and OEMs for battery packs and aircraft.
What You Will Do:
Provide technical expertise and leadership in electrochemistry,
specifically cell assembly and testing of novel battery materials in
lithium metal batteries.
Develop and apply quantitative techniques, generally electrochemical in
nature, to the study of novel Li-ion-conducting polymer and hybrid
electrolytes, e.g., in symmetric Li/Li cells and Li/cathode full cells.
Play a key role in materials selection and cell design for
characterization by electron microscopy as well as X-ray techniques
(e.g., tomography, scattering, spectroscopy, etc.) at the Advanced Light
Work with collaborators at Carnegie Mellon University on autonomous
electrolyte screening and optimization to meet SCALEUP program targets for
performance and manufacturability.
Develop standard operating procedures for preparing cell components for
assembly as well as cells for testing.
Play a key role in maintaining a robust and inclusive safety culture.
Publish in peer reviewed journals; contribute to scientific research
papers, reports, review articles; present oral reports.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and
engineering, or mechanical engineering.
Extensive experience in electrochemistry.
Ability to perform post-mortem characterization of electrodes by standard
microscopy and surface analytical techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in electroanalytical and
electrochemical cell characterization.
Demonstrated ability to conduct and perform collaborative research and
effectively interact with a broad range of colleagues.
Demonstrated ability to accurately and eloquently represent and promote
scientific projects to audiences of diverse technical backgrounds.
Strong publication record in top-rated scientific journals, with extensive
experience in the preparation and handling of scientific manuscripts,
reports and research posters.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to guide and train junior researchers.
This is a full-time, 1-year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility
of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing
availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less
than 4 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral
positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will
be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities
and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not
automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for
Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and
Accountability (IDEA) and strives to hire individuals from different
backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who share these same values and
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1
Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in
compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR
60-1.4. Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment
Opportunity is the Law."
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