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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Energy Storage Materials in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311433

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Geochemistry

Job Description

The Opportunity:

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!

We are seeking an outstanding Electrochemical Materials Researcher to join our group to explore new materials and architectures for energy storage. This includes materials syntheses for solid state batteries and gel architectures for new battery systems, and development of fundamental understanding for electrochemical energy applications. The successful candidate will have a strong background in electrochemistry and materials synthesis. The candidate will have an opportunity to collaborate with data scientists on materials discovery via machine learning. The candidate will also prepare manuscripts for publication, present the research work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for funded research.

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

In-depth knowledge, practical experience, and a good publication record in materials synthesis for energy storage and conversion. Hands-on experience with various in situ and ex situ techniques such as Raman, AFM, SEM and XRD is highly desirable.

A background in one or more of the following research areas, involving solid state electrolyte synthesis, polymer gel and nanomaterial synthesis.

Strong verbal and written communications skills.

The applicant will work in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists and technical staff across the national lab and must be able to work closely and communicate effectively with experimentalist and computational modeling colleagues. The ability to adapt, refine, or innovate experimental tools as needed.

Be able to recognize abnormal operating conditions, correct and report to one’s supervisor and/org warranty provider in a timely and responsible manner.

Provide direct support and field oversight of research activities involving materials synthesis for energy storage and conversion; Supervise and coordinate work from multiple projects. Keep accurate and legible operating records associated with assigned job.

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics or other related fields and have experience in one or more of the following areas: electrochemistry, polymer gels, electrocatalysis, materials synthesis for battery and/or fuel cell applications. Prior experience, extensive knowledge and hands-on skills in electrode fabrication, assembly and testing are preferred.

The candidate must have demonstrated experience in material synthesis and characterization, strong background in electrochemical, ion conductivity, SEM, and XRD characterization.

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 having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Geochemistry

Opening Date: 2021-01-05

Closing Date: 2021-01-31