Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Employee. The successful candidate will work with both the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), and the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium. JCAP has the mission of discovering and demonstrating components for photoelectrochemical devices that will convert CO2 to liquid fuels with high efficiency and selectivity using sunlight. HydroGEN focuses on accelerating water splitting technologies, including photoelectrochemical water splitting. In both cases, a molecular-level understanding of the underlying catalytic and corrosion mechanisms is critical. The successful candidate will pursue synchrotron-based studies of CO2 reduction and water splitting catalysts and light absorbers, with an emphasis on in situ and operando techniques that probe the solid/electrolyte interface. The candidate will use and develop custom instrumentation to apply hard and soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ambient pressure X-ray photoemission spectroscopy to in situ electrochemical and photoelectrochemical systems. These experiments will require both independent work and the coordination of larger teams across several sites and facilities.
What You Will Do:
Work closely with scientists at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to perform in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy experiments.
Design new and improved instrumentation for synchrotron-based in situ X-ray experiments that probe the liquid/solid interface.
Work independently and in collaboration with other JCAP and HydroGEN researchers at LBL and different facilities.
Participate in weekly and biweekly meetings and seminars.
What is Required:
PhD in chemistry/chemical engineering, or other related fields.
Experience with synchrotron experimentation and data analysis.
Experience working with ultra-high vacuum systems (UHV).
Strong background in X-ray spectroscopy techniques at synchrotron facilities.
Very strong communication and people management skills.
Strong command of spoken and written English.
Good motivation to work effectively in a team with people from various backgrounds and research areas.
Ability to work independently on developing electrochemical apparatuses for in situ and operando synchrotron measurements of solid/liquid interfaces.
Background in electrochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and electrochemical measurements a plus.
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.
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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