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Chemist Postdoctoral Fellow - 98173

Division: ED-Energy Storage & Distributed Resources


The Chemist Postdoctoral Fellow will work in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division. In this exciting role, you will support the research activities in the Electrochemistry Group in developing the next-generation batteries for use in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. You will develop research focusing on ceramic solid electrolyte synthesis and processing, advanced characterization, fabrication and electrochemical testing of cell components for rechargeable all-solid-state lithium-metal batteries.


What You Will Do:

  • Synthesize ceramic and glassy solid-state electrolytes such as LLZO and halides. 
  • Prepare dense ceramic layers and fabricate cell components with controlled interfaces. 
  • Use electrochemical techniques (cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, diffusivity measurements, spectroelectrochemistry etc.) to investigate kinetic and thermodynamic properties of battery materials and interfacial process occurring between the electrode and solid electrolyte. 
  • Perform advanced diagnostic studies to probe ion transport and reaction mechanisms in lithium batteries. Techniques may include scanning and transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and microscopy, thermogravimetric and calorimetric analysis, infrared and Raman spectroscopy.  
  • Perform complex data analysis and interpret experimental results. 
  • Prepare manuscripts and reports. 
  • Publish research findings in high-impact peer reviewed journals. 
  • Make presentations at scientific meetings and seminars.
  • Review literature and stay current on research in the field.
  • Carry out collaborative research with research associates, post-doctoral scholars, visiting scientists and students at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as well as colleagues in other national labs and universities. 
  • Provide assistance to maintain laboratory equipment and instruments. 
  • Adhere with ETA and EH&S safety guidelines and requirements. 


Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Participate in research proposal writing.


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Material Sciences, or closely related field. 
  • Profound knowledge of solid-state chemistry and rechargeable lithium-ion battery field. 
  • Experience with solid-state battery research and related synthesis and analytical techniques, particularly experience on synthesis and processing of ceramic and glassy solid-state electrolytes. 
  • Extensive experience with inorganic synthesis, battery electrode fabrication, cell assembly and testing, standard electroanalytical techniques (CV, chronoamperometry etc.), and a range of characterization instruments such as XRD, SEM, TEM, TGA, DSC, visible-UV, FTIR, Raman, and synchrotron-related spectroscopy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments, conduct independent research and contribute to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative, as well as to collaborate with other researchers in a diverse team. 
  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of ceramics sintering/processing techniques and related equipment.


For Consideration, please apply by April 11, 2023 with the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume


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  • This is a full-time, 2 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 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • The monthly salary range for this position is $4,636.00 / mo - $7,103.00 / mo and is expected to start at $6,433.00 / mo or above. Postdoctoral positions are paid on a step schedule per union contract and salaries will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates. Each step represents one full year of completed post-Ph.D. postdoctoral and/or related research experience.
  • 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.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

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Job Information

  • Job ID: 68391865
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Berkeley, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Position Title: Chemist Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Area(s) of Interest: Chemist

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