Berkeley Lab's Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) is seeking a Chemical Postdoctoral Scholar to perform discovery-focused work in the electrochemical and photoelectrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to chemicals and fuels. You will perform original and innovative experimental research in the electro- and photoelectro-catalytic reduction of CO2 to useful chemical and fuels. Nano- and micro-structured photocathodes will be developed with an emphasis on those in which the product distribution is light-directed. In electrocatalysis, the emphasis will be on designing and constructing cascades which will allow new product outcomes to be accessed. Potential synergies between light-driven and electrically driven processes will be investigated. Specific project goals are increasing the selectivity of CO2 reduction to higher order liquid and gas products and developing a comprehensive mechanistic framework. The work will be performed in the context of a milestone-driven project plan with quarterly deliverables.
What You Will Do:
Design and fabrication of nano- and micro-structured cathodes and photocathodes for use in aqueous CO2 reduction.
Design and fabrication of micropatterned carrier selective interfaces for directing electron transport to CO2 reduction catalysts.
Synthesis of heterogeneous CO2 reduction catalysts with functional 2D and 3D structure.
Measurement of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction in aqueous solution and quantification of product distribution (Faradaic efficiency). Alternative feedstocks such as CO and also isotope labeling may be employed.
Application of structural and functional characterization methods including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and related methods.
Report results at project meetings and summarize research results for evaluation against project plan and deliverables.
Document research in peer-reviewed publications.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Evaluation structure of catalytic structures with transmission electron microscopy or by using synchrotron techniques.
Development of continuum and/or microkinetic models of CO2 reduction systems.
Use of in-situ optical techniques (Raman, FTIR) to monitor catalyst surfaces.
Application of machine learning methods to experimental datasets.
What Is Required:
PhD in chemistry, materials science, chemical or materials engineering, or related experimental field or equivalent (within recent years).
Demonstrated record of experimental innovation in electro- or photoelectrochemistry research. Prior experience in thin film deposition and/or nano-patterning is highly desirable.
Strong publication record in scientific/technical journals with high ‘impact factors.’
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Deep commitment to careful experimental measurements, data management, and safe laboratory operations.
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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