Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Senior Research Associate. The purpose of this job is to provide research support to a program involved in fabrication of photoelectrochemical devices in the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). The Incumbent will work independently with review of work generally focusing more on the results than on each step of the research process. In particular, this will include assisting in three projects: (1) A study on methods for passivating photovoltaics against corrosion in humidified/liquid environments (2) Development of transparent cathodes for CO2 reduction chemistry (3) incorporation of photovoltaics (PVs) and transparent cathodes into a light-driven device for CO2 reduction.
What You Will Do:
Electrochemical measurements and device-level testing;
Determination of device efficiencies using electrochemical and chromatographic methods;
Assisting in the development of conductive, transparent materials for CO2 reduction, and improving PV resistance to corrosion.
Maintenance of the research group's server.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or applied physics and two to five years' experience with increasing responsibility or an M.S. degree.
Demonstrated knowledge of the chemical sciences, particularly a familiarity with principles and practice of electrochemical methods, gas chromatography, 3D printing for prototyping work and sputtered metal deposition.
Experience with data collection, workup, and analysis in Matlab or python.
Experience with generating device mock-ups in CAD software such as Solidworks and/or AutoCAD.
Experience with thin-metal deposition via sputtering.
Experience with PEC cell fabrication and assembly.
Familiarity with the general architecture of integrated water-splitting devices and their assembly is essential.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Master's degree in Chemical Engineering.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year and 8 month term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
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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