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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Electrochemistry & Surface Science in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311291

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Material Sciences

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in energy storage science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to understand charge transfer processes at electrochemical interfaces. You will be mentored by Dr. Vijay Murugesan and other prominent senior investigators in the field of material science within PNNL. You will work towards combining PNNL’s strong battery materials design expertise and unique surface deposition and multimodal analytical tools such as ion soft landing and in situ XPS/Raman capabilities in the upcoming Energy Sciences Building and Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a DOE User Facility on the PNNL campus. This position will primarily focus on understanding electrochemical process in beyond Li-ion battery chemistries using X-ray and vibrational spectroscopic analyses on well-defined model interfaces prepared by ion soft landing and size-selected nanoparticle deposition. You will develop a line of experimental research focused on electrochemical cell design and testing suitable using vacuum surface science techniques such as XPS.

What will you do:

  • Conduct experimental research on the electrochemical analysis on controlled interfaces of energy storage materials related to multivalent and redox flow batteries.

  • Develop and maintain custom-built vacuum-based instrumentation for preparation and characterization of electrochemical interfaces.

  • Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff.

  • Provide scientific and technical support to projects led by other team members.

  • Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

  • Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings.

  • Participate in the development of research proposals.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with custom vacuum instrumentation including controlled material deposition and mass-spectrometry

  • Proficiency in electrochemical cell design and charge/discharge testing of ion Li-ion or similar chemistry

  • Direct hands on experience with at least one spectroscopic technique such as Raman, FTIR, XAS, and XPS

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

Preferred Education/Credential (not all need to be met):

  • Ph.D. in Material Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related field

  • Experience in design, maintenance and troubleshooting of custom high vacuum systems

  • Experience in impedance and dielectric response analysis of solid-liquid interfaces

  • A background in one or more of the following spectroscopic or microscopic characterization approaches: scanning microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD).

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills

  • A functional grasp of electrochemistry and solid-state physics relevant to materials for energy storage.

  • The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2020-10-14

Closing Date: 2020-11-03