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Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to join the group. The Postdoctoral fellow will perform research in the area of soft X-ray spectroscopic characterizations of materials for energy applications, especially electrochemical devices. The focus of the scientific project is to distinguish and quantify the different chemical reactions involved in battery operations through spectroscopic experiments and data analysis. The postdoc will work with researchers in other groups on materials, theory and other characterizations to achieve multidisciplinary studies and understanding of energy materials. The postdoc will also lead the characterization efforts for revealing the chemical reactions and their evolutions in battery electrodes upon electrochemical cycling, analyze the data and deliver critical information on the doping affect, the stability, and optimization guidelines. The incumbent will also be exposed to and encouraged to perform other types of characterization techniques and experiments at the ALS.
The ALS is a dynamic national scientific user facility that provides thousands of scientists from around the world access to bright beams of x-rays, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for scientific studies and technology development in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U)that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!
The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ALS offers an environment that celebrates diversity and embraces inclusion. We seek candidates that would support a culture where all of the ALS's staff and scientists—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics—should feel welcome and valued.
What You Will Do:
Performs soft X-ray absorption and Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) of energy materials.
Performs data analyses and presentations on chemical reactions and chemical products involved in electrochemical operations.
Clarifies the redox reaction mechanism of both transition-metals and anions in disordered rocksalt cathode materials for high energy batteries.
Collaborates with other research teams on materials and theory.
Writes beamtime proposals for specific material studies.
Writes both independent and collaborative manuscripts.
Publishes work in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Presents work at national meetings and at regular group meetings.
Provides skills to the Principal Investigator group and trains more junior Scientists.
Contributes positively to the active research culture at the ALS.
Works in a safe and healthy manner consistent with EH&S guidelines.
Inclusive in interactions with others.
What is Required:
PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related discipline.
Deep understanding of the principles of spectroscopy and chemical reactions involved in electrochemical devices.
Previous experience with synchrotron based soft X-ray experiments.
Previous experience with ultra-high vacuum instrumentations.
A strong understanding of the basic principles of X-ray beamline operation and signal detection channels.
Experience collaborating with multidisciplinary groups.
Strong publication record in top-rated scientific journals, with extensive experience in the preparation and handling of scientific manuscripts, reports, and research posters.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Previous experience with soft X-ray resonant inelastic X-ray scattering.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 21, 2018.
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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