Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar. The incumbent will conduct research in the field of organic synthesis/polymer chemistry/materials scientist to carry out lithium-ion chemistry electrolyte additive synthesis, polymer electrolyte synthesis, formulation and characterization, and Si and graphite material and interface engineering. You will work with lithium ion batteries development and thermal energy storage materials and system development.
What You Will Do:
Design and synthesize organic electrolyte additives and other functional polymers that possess the required properties to be used for lithium-ion batteries, either for the anode or cathode.
Modify the surface of graphite, Si and Sn particles and graft organic functionalities on the particles.
Use modern characterization techniques including NMR, GPC, DTA, DSC, x-ray, and FTIR to characterize the new materials.
Use cryo-microtome and electron microscopy techniques to investigate the morphology of the nanoparticle/conductive polymer electrode composites.
Perform electrochemical tests of the materials, and investigate their properties for energy storage applications.
Perform thermal measurement of the polymer electrolyte materials to determine their thermal responses.
Construct lithium-ion electrodes and fabricate lithium-ion ion cells, and perform the electrochemistry testing of the lithium-ion cells.
Construct thermal storage batteries, and testing their thermal storage properties.
Analyze experimental data. This includes applying computer analysis and simulation programs to interpret experimental data.
Collaborate in the development of research proposals and new scientific initiatives.
Prepare manuscripts, reports and presentations.
Carry out collaborative research with research associates, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists, and students with regular meetings and discussions.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. in organic synthesis and polymer chemistry with a strong emphasis on organic synthesis and material characterization.
The ability to carry out air sensitive material synthesis using schlenk techniques, with demonstrated success on electrolyte additive and polymer electrolyte design and synthesis.
Must have experience with polymer and nanoparticle composite materials, and spectroscopic and electron microscopic techniques.
Experience on electrochemistry and lithium-ion battery materials and cell testing, thermal energy storage, and experience on Si or Sn based materials preferred.
Experience in surface reaction and grafting on particles preferred.
The ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Demonstrated ability to participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team.
Possess very good communication skills.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 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 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
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.
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