Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Chemical Postdoctoral Scholar. Direct and carry out cutting-edge basic and applied research on innovative, energy-efficient forward osmosis (FO) desalination techniques that will be powered using low-temperature renewable energy sources such as solar heat. The primary purpose of this position is to develop and deploy novel ionic liquids (IL) draw solutions and FO membranes with enough osmotic potential to power the transmembrane water transfer. This role involves basic and applied investigations of ILs that undergo a lower critical solution temperature phase transition; define the fundamental issues affecting ILFO system performance i.e., study the nature of physico-chemical properties of ILFO membranes, interfaces and water/salt separation mechanism; design, build, test and evaluate ILFO composite membranes in novel FO configurations; prepare research publications, presentations and reports, assure the smooth operation of the electrochemical laboratories in Building 70 and 67.
What You Will Do:
Develop and apply a revolutionary ILs-based desalination system that uses a novel composite IL-based FO membrane. Use modern advanced synthesis, engineering and characterization techniques for the design, modification and control of unique composite ILFO membranes, membrane-electrolyte interfaces and ILFO separation process that is driven by low-grade heat from renewable sources.
Develop and deploy novel instrumental techniques and experimental methodologies to study basic kinetic and thermodynamic properties of ILs that undergo a lower critical solution temperature phase transition and corresponding IL-based FO composite membranes at adequate chemical, special and temporal resolution.
Design and perform ex situ and in situ experiments on model and real water samples from field sources. Provided success of the lab-scale tests, design and construct a prototype-scale IL-FO unit. Following construction of the prototype unit, establish operating procedures for initial system testing and prepare for deploying the unit to the field for real-world testing.
Process, analyze and present experimental data. This includes applying computer analysis and simulation programs to interpret experimental data and characterize ILs and ILFO membranes.
Adapt and combine various characterization and testing techniques, develop innovative experimental approaches and improved methodologies for the treatment of experimental data.
Collaborate in the development of new research proposals and new scientific initiatives. Participate in collaborative efforts with academic and industrial partners as a member of a diverse research team. Prepare manuscripts, reports and presentations.
Carry out collaborative research with research associates, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scientists and students with frequent meetings and discussions.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Prepare materials for submissions and presentation to DOE and other agencies.
Present results at selected meetings. Participate in and present results at selected meetings and seminars.
Pursue professional society activities.
What is Required:
Ph.D (within last 3 years) in chemistry, physics and/or materials sciences.
Demonstrated strong experience and competency in the advanced science and engineering, and application of advanced characterization techniques to study basic physico-chemical phenomena.
Extensive experience in the use of nano-science and technology techniques including advanced micro- and nano-manipulation techniques, spectroscopy and microscopy, data processing, data simulation, modeling and numerical analysis.
Strong expertise and experience in experimental chemistry and engineering.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Excellent communication/presentation skills.
Good organizational skills.
Ability to prepare materials for presentation at meetings and workshops.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of chemistry of water and aqueous electrolytes.
Familiarity with contemporary scientific challenges in water-energy science and technology.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 2 years, 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 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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