Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on projects directed towards the development of solid-state batteries. These projects will be funded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies and the California Energy Commission.
What You Will Do:
Fabricate dense and porous components from ceramic powders (particularly, variants of lithium lanthanum zirconium oxide or LLZO), using tape casting and freeze tape casting techniques and assemble into bilayer or trilayer arrays.
Image components using microscopy and synchrotron tomography.
Optimize infiltration of porous components with electrode active materials and other components.
Make prototype batteries and characterize electrochemically using AC and DC techniques.
Utilize synchrotron techniques such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, microdiffraction, etc. to characterize bulk, surfaces, and interfaces of components and devices.
Analyze data based on results on electrochemical tests.
Assist with writing reports and peer-reviewed papers.
Work closely with a team of LBNL scientists and industry partners.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Sciences, or closely related field.
Experience with ceramics processing, and physical characterization techniques.
Experience with electrochemical characterization techniques such as impedance analysis.
Familiarity with lithium batteries.
Ability to analyze data.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to author technical and/or scientific writing and present work in conference and review meetings.
Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as an independent researcher and as a member of a diverse research team, collaborating toward goals, solving problems, and developing scientific ideas.
What We Prefer:
Experience with synchrotron characterization techniques.
Experience with freeze-casting or freeze tape casting.
For full consideration, please apply by February 4, 2022 with the following application materials:
Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position and the relevance of your background.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.
This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 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 of paid postdoctoral experience.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes with predetermined postdoctoral step rates dependent on years of experience post-degree.
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Work will be performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720.
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.
Berkeley Lab's Postdoc Program is committed to providing Postdoctoral Researchers and Visiting scholars with a positive and impactful experience to jump-start their career through premium research and career development, networking opportunities, mentoring programs, and a strong community. For more information, please visit our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Resources site and our Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association site.
Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.
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