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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Materials Sciences – Atomic Force Microscopy in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311904

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Physical Sciences

Group: Materials Science

Job Description

The Opportunity : Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a premier 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 world-class 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 materials sciences as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a hardworking, multi-investigator team to explore mechanisms of electrochemical processes at solid/liquid interfaces in energy storage materials under operating conditions. Imaging these systems with sub-nanometer resolution will help us to develop pathways towards the next generation of rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. You will work to better understand processes, such as structural transformations, electrolyte decomposition, and electrode crystal growth/dissolution, primarily using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM), as well as other spectroscopic and microscopic characterization techniques. You will be mentored by prominent researchers as you develop a line of experimental research. The research requires a close collaboration between materials scientists and computation scientists to establish the relationships between interfacial structure and performance. The project addresses mission goals defined by the DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Office.

The Ideal Candidate: If you are ready to test your talents and training in energy materials research and hone your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect with you. PNNL is committed to fostering a work environment that promotes inclusion, diversity, equality and accountability. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; you do not need to meet all of the Preferred Qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:

  • Perform synthesis of sulfur and Ni-Mn-Co (NMC) oxide materials to be used as electrodes.

  • Design, assemble and test Li-S and Li-NMC batteries.

  • Conduct in situ AFM and force-mapping experiments to investigate electrode/solution interface.

  • Analyze the data from AFM and battery performance measurements.

  • 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.

  • Interact, communicate, and tackle problems with a diverse team of researchers. Train and mentor others.

About PNNL: At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

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

Preferred Qualifications, Skills, and/or Training (not all need to be met):

  • Knowledge of and experience with experimental characterization of solids and solid/liquid interfaces and associated data analysis.

  • Understanding of fundamentals of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, and kinetics.

  • Experience of synthesizing and fabricating electrode materials.

  • Proficiency in wet chemical analytics, solution preparation and handling, design, assembly and testing of lithium batteries.

  • A background in one or more of the following characterization approaches: AFM, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and X-ray tomography, Nano/microCT.

  • Track record of research as manifested by publications or patents.

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to plan and execute research and take initiative in the completion of tasks important to the projects. These include preparation of drafts of papers for peer-reviewed journals and technical presentations at scientific conferences.

  • The ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and technical staff.

Preferred Education/Credential:

  • PhD, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Sciences or related field strongly preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to “solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security and energy resiliency;” We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

In support of this commitment, we encourage racial/ethnic minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), and protected veteran status.

Additional Protected Classes Under Washington State Law include Use of Trained Dog Guide or Service Animal, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Status, Creed, Citizenship or Immigration Status, Marital Status, Honorably Discharged Veteran or Military Status, Protected Political Activity (e.g., supporting or not supporting a specific candidate, ballot proposition, political party, or political committee; does not protect campaigning, etc. in the workplace), and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures.

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.

Other Information

Special/Hazardous Working Conditions or Environment:

The research involves materials synthesis, preparation of electrolyte solutions, Li metal handling, and use of glove boxes.

Directorate: Physical & Computational Sci's

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Materials Sciences

Opening Date: 2021-04-01

Closing Date: 2021-04-15

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