Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's (LBNL) Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Research Scientist to join the team.
The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at LBNL has created the John S. Newman Fellowship to support exceptional early career researchers who demonstrate leadership and strong research capabilities aimed at improving energy storage technologies and a demonstrated commitment to related issues affecting minorities or underserved communities.
The fellowship recognizes the contributions of University of California Professor, John S. Newman to the advancement of battery research on a global scale. It also acknowledges the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the primary sponsor for the fellowship and their support of pioneering, innovative research. The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy, of entrepreneurship, and creating local solutions with global considerations.
John S. Newman is a University of California professor, renowned battery researcher, and developer of "The Newman Method" -- a sophisticated approach to mathematically analyzing complex electrochemical problems. He clarified the physicochemical laws that govern the behavior of electrochemical systems and demonstrated how to use these laws to correctly formulate and solve problems associated with batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and related technologies. He is regarded, along with Charles Tobias, as the father of modern electrochemical engineering.
Within the span of three years, you will establish yourself as a subject expert in your chosen field of study under the general topic of "Beyond Li-ion." You will have published a paper of significance, been invited to speak at a highly regarded conference, and have written a compelling proposal for follow-on funding. You will have demonstrated an ability to provide critical contributions to collaborative research projects among the Energy Storage Group members and have initiated research projects with the Labs major user facilities, such as the ALS, NERSC, or Molecular Foundry.
What You Will Do:
Serve as a research scientist in the Energy Storage Group in ESDR.
Conceive and execute research that is novel and can lead to high impact in the area of beyond lithium-ion.
Work as part of a team to execute projects.
Perform R&D including milestone responsibility and quarterly report and presentations.
Provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance to colleagues and Group leadership.
Bring research to fruition, resulting in presentations at meetings and publications in journals.
Participate in professional society activities, as appropriate.
Help to define new directions and carve out new research areas.
Contribute to the effort to broaden the funding base for LBNL energy storage research.
What is Required:
Advanced's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or a related field, and have less than five years of relevant experience beyond the highest customary degree in his or her field, or have an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field, is preferred.
Experience with energy storage research (Li-ion, beyond Lithium-ion, related battery systems, or other electrochemical research.)
Research emphasis on the fundamentals of battery operation and demonstrated capability of linking fundamental science to the development of better batteries.
Broad knowledge of electrochemical systems.
In-depth knowledge in particular field of study.
Ability and willingness to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Demonstrated ability to independently conceive, initiate, and execute research projects.
Requested Application Materials:
Statement of research experience and interests.
Names and contact information for at least three individuals who can write letters of reference.
This is a full time, 2 years, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
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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