Research or Staff Scientist (Electrochemical Energy-Conversion Technologies)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Internal Number: 94034
Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) is looking for a next-generation leader and Scientist to join their Energy Conversion Group (ECG)!
In this role, you will have the opportunity to work within our dynamic and diverse team to move the technologies of tomorrow to today, with a focus on electrochemical energy-conversion technologies (electrolysis and fuel cells). You will work within a multidisciplinary team of researchers across the Lab, other national labs, academia, and industry to realize electrochemical energy-conversion technologies, with a focus on hydrogen and CO2 reduction. Work will entail leading diverse teams of researchers and guiding and interacting with research consortia to leverage fundamental understandings to solve applied technical problems for performance and durability of next-generation technologies. You will be responsible for guiding and supervising research and technical staff on projects, planning, and executing research tasks and IP development, as well as leading publications, presentations, and interactions with funding sponsors.
What You Will Do:
Execute creative and innovative research in the fields of electrolysis (water, CO2, etc.) and membrane-electrode structures for solid-state electrochemical devices, polymer-electrolyte fuel cells, and related energy and environmental systems.
Execute effective work plans for multiple projects, collect and analyze data to establish structure- function correlations, and use findings to elucidate the underlying origins of material function and its impact on cell performance.
Provide guidance and supervision to professional, research, and technical support staff including Postdoctoral Fellows and Student Assistants.
Collaborate with existing and potential funding sponsors, program managers, and technical colleagues at DOE and industrial research partners.
Prepare and deliver written and oral reports for existing programs directly to project sponsors.
Disseminate research through various technical meetings, peer-reviewed publications, and reports.
Identify funding opportunities, help prepare proposals, and communicate directly with the funding agency and external collaborations with industry and academia working on low-temperature water electrolysis and electrosynthesis.
Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) and program manager on relevant projects including PEFC and electrolyzer research.
Participate in lab-wide activities on the development of hydrogen and manufacturing technologies.
Ensure safe practice and equipment maintenance including equipment purchasing and customization, troubleshooting and maintenance, design/implementation of electrochemical cells and related diagnostic techniques, and training.
Develop and enact principles fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.
What is Required:
A Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent training/knowledge) in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or a related field with a focus on materials used for electrochemical systems and a minimum of 8 years of research experience in electrolysis and closely related technologies or equivalent education and a minimum of 10 years of relevant research experience.
Broad technical knowledge, expertise, and ingenuity in the fields of electrocatalysis, and their use in electrochemical cells for energy conversion.
Expertise in integration and fabrication of multicomponent cells and structure and their structure-property characterization.
Fluency in the use of electrochemical cell diagnostics including kinetic analysis, impedance, voltammetry, and polarization analysis.
Demonstrated written communication skills including writing proposals for federal resources and contributing to publications in refereed journals.
Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work in a dynamic multidisciplinary team environment.
Demonstrated oral communication skills including experience with presenting material to scientific and non-scientific audiences.
What We Prefer:
Advanced Degree in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or a related field.
A minimum of 10 years of relevant research experience.
Established record of scientific publications and impact.
Experience with manufacturing and CO2 reduction technologies.
Experience as a PI generating and enacting funding proposals and projects.
For full consideration, please apply by November 2, 2021 with the following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position, the relevance of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume including list of publications.
List of references.
This is a full time Career appointment, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid).
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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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 performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) works on developing advanced batteries and fuel cells for transportation and stationary energy storage, grid-connected technologies for a cleaner, more reliable, resilient, and cost-effective future, and demand-responsive and distributed energy technologies for a dynamic electric grid. Of importance, the energy conversion group (ECG) is a key leader in using fundamental science to solve applied problems related to electrochemical energy conversion.
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