Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Energy Storage & Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division has an opening for an Electrochemical Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.
In this exciting role, you will simulate mathematically the behavior of various types of electrolyzers and fuel cells including hydrogen, water, and CO2 and/or other related electrochemical devices and their components under both steady state and transient operation. You will entail model validation, collaboration with industrial and research partners, and verifying and explaining predicted trends seen in experimental data. The model should identify critical barriers and provide strategies to enable performance optimization and durability mitigation. In addition to cell level modeling, particular emphasis will be on understanding multi-ion transport and homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions and material properties including structure/function relationships across multiple time and length scales.
What You Will Do:
Develop and refine mathematical models to examine multidimensional, multiphysics, transport within an electrochemical cell including its various constitutive layers (e.g., porous transport layers, gas-diffusion and microporous layers, membrane, and catalyst layers).
Analyze the results to examine limiting factors in performance, as well as identify areas of deficiency in the model and propose new mathematical constructs to deal with them.
Pursue microstructural simulations of transient phenomena within single components.
Validate model activities and comparison of simulation to experimental data for both input parameters and output results.
Publish original research in peer-reviewed journals; contribute to scientific publications; present research through talks and posters at conferences, workshops, and multi-investigator meetings.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Work on experimental characterization of cell performance and measurement of component properties.
Interact with the LBNL fuel cell and electrochemistry community (with extensive experience in batteries, modeling of batteries and fuel cells, electrode material synthesis, spectroscopy, detailed diagnostics, and cell design) to aid in electrochemistry research.
What is Required:
Due to project funding, candidate must be able to start by June 1, 2022.
Ph.D. in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics, or closely related field.
Experience with mathematical modeling (i.e., continuum modeling) including in the application of transport phenomena in electrolyzers, fuel cells, or related devices and at various scales.
Familiarity with high performance computing and code development and use
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written as well as technical writing.
Ability to learn rapidly and integrate new fields to demonstrate creative problem-solving skills
Ability and willingness to work in a team environment and collaborate with researchers from various backgrounds
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Knowledge of electrochemistry and fuel-cell related diagnostic methods and materials including hydrogen and CO2 reduction technologies.
Knowledge of constitutive relations and continuum theories.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative for tackling cross-disciplinary research problems from initiation to meaningful conclusion.
Experience with electrochemistry, CO2 reduction, and transport phenomena.
Demonstrated strong experience with finite-element methods and Comsol.
Familiarity with machine learning and associated big data techniques.
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 of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
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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