Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Multivalent
The Helms group in the Molecular Foundry Division is engaged in a
collaborative project with the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research to
understand how to control liquid solvation in multivalent electrolytes to
enable multivalent anode cells. The Postdoc will lead the development of
concentrated multivalent electrolytes, including the synthesis of multivalent
electrolyte salts, their formulation into concentrated and localized
concentrated electrolyte formulations, as well as their characterization as
electrolytes from the perspective of solvation structure, dynamics, and
reactivity at multivalent metal anode surfaces. The Postdoc will also assess
the reversibility of plating and stripping multivalent metals in
electrochemical cells employing the electrolytes.
What You Will Do:
Provide technical leadership in the synthesis, formulation, and
characterization of novel multivalent liquid electrolytes (e.g.,
concentrated, super-concentrated, localized concentrated) for use in
multivalent anode cells.
Develop and apply quantitative techniques, generally electrochemical in
nature, to the study of novel multivalent liquid electrolytes in
electrochemical cells, e.g., in symmetric cells, asymmetric cells, and
Perform post-mortem analysis of cell components to study the decomposition
of the electrolytes at the electrode surface and to study the resulting
morphologies of the electrodeposits.
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.
Coordinate, lead, and contribute to collaborative research activities
across key partners in the JCESR project, including partners at Sandia
National Lab and Argonne National Lab.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and
engineering, or related discipline.
Extensive experience in organic or inorganic chemistry.
Ability to perform post-mortem characterization of electrodes by standard
microscopy and surface analytical techniques.
Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in electroanalytical and
electrochemical cell assembly and 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
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