Multivalent Electrolyte Postdoc

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

United States

July 11, 2021


Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Multivalent Electrolyte Postdoc.

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 full cells.
  • 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.
  • Notes:

  • 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 employment.
  • 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 commitments.
  • 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."