Postdoctoral Position in Materials Science/Chemisty/ Battery Technologies
Argonne National Laboratory Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division
United States

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to mainly conduct fundamental research in the field of battery technology development.

The Postdoctoral Appointee will plan and conduct research on battery material synthesis and characterization, including electrochemical, chemical and structural characterization and electrode optimization.

The ideal candidate should be familiar with fundamental electrochemistry and different energy storage technologies including rechargeable monovalent (lithium and sodium) batteries and various battery reaction mechanism such as intercalation and conversion.

The candidate should be able to analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, present papers at scientific meetings, and prepare reports and presentations/papers for group meetings. The candidate will carry out innovative and hands-on independent laboratory work and collaboration across groups.

The successful candidate will join a diverse team of ANL researchers and work closely with universities and other national laboratories.

This position is open immediately and is based on renewable yearly contract.

Position Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry/electrochemistry, or related scientific background with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent Knowledge in lithium-ion battery electrochemistry and their battery components Hands-on experience of battery material synthesis (solid-state, wet chemistry, mechano-chemical) and characterization (SEM, TGA, BET, XRD, Rietveld refinement, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, etc.)
  • Skill in electrochemical characterization of batteries including cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and common potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods, etc.; coin cell, Swagelok cell, and three-electrode cell and familiarity with Maccor or other equivalent testing systems Skilled in safely handling air/moisture-sensitive chemicals Plus with experiences of in situ/operando/ex situ synchrotron-based X-ray techniques (XRD, XAS, cell design) Considerable skill in written and oral communication

A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork Job Family Postdoctoral Family Job Profile Postdoctoral Appointee Worker Type Long-Term (Fixed Term) Time Type Full time As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.

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Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment. Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination. Interested in translating science into innovation? Build your career at Argonne. At Argonne, we view the world from a different perspective. Our scientists and engineers conduct world-class research in clean energy, the environment, technology, national security and more. We’re finding creative ways to prepare the world for a better future. To learn more about Argonne's benefits programs, amenities, and other employee programs, visit our main Careers site.

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