The Materials, Chemistry, and Energy Geoscience Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) seek highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Minerals for Energy Storage Synthesis (MINES) program of the Lithium Resource Research and Innovation Center (LiRRIC). MINES postdocs collaborate across disciplines to enable revolutionary advances in battery materials development from natural mineral resources for the Department of Energy Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program.
The Challenge: Discover and synthesize novel earth-abundant battery materials from inexpensive mineral precursors.
The multidisciplinary MINES program led by Michael Whittaker, Gerbrand Ceder, Mark Asta, Martin Kunz, and Raluca Scarlat, will establish fundamental science for the synthesis of battery materials from natural resources, enabling a new 'separation-by-synthesis' paradigm for energy storage manufacturing. As a MINES Postdoctoral Fellow, you will be a part of a multidisciplinary team composed of researchers whose expertise spans Materials Science, Chemistry, Geochemistry, Electrochemistry, X-ray and Electron Physics, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Mineralogy, and Data Science working together to develop fundamental science needed to enable next-generation battery synthesis pathways.
What You Will Do:
Predict, design, simulate, synthesize, and/or characterize battery materials using inexpensive mineral precursors.
Optimize battery material synthesis pathways from natural resources with automated experimental techniques such as diffraction, spectroscopy, calorimetry, and electrochemistry.
Disseminate results of research activities through refereed publications, reports, conference presentations, preprints, and code repositories.
Participate in group meetings, seminars, and conferences both virtually and in person.
Produce reproducible results through digital documentation and open-source dissemination.
Maintain a robust and inclusive safety culture.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Geoscience, Computational Science, Data Science, Applied Mathematics, or other related field.
Demonstrated research experience and knowledge in area of related expertise.
Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills.
Proven ability to work productively both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Publication record commensurate with experience.
Published open source software projects commensurate with experience.
Experience designing and synthesizing battery materials.
Experience automating experiments.
Experience building and training ML/DL models with frameworks such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, scikit-learn.
Experience contributing to or using quantum chemical databases, such as MP.
Experience with ML/DL on large scientific datasets.
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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.
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