Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (https://eta.lbl.gov/about-us/organization/esdr) has an opening for an Electrochemical Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar. You will simulate mathematically the behavior of electrolyzers, polymer-electrolyte fuel cells, and related electrochemical devices under both steady state and transient operation. Your research will include model validation, collaboration with industrial and research partners, and verifying and explaining predicted trends seen in experimental data.In addition to cell level modeling, particular emphasis will be on understanding transport and material properties including structure and chemical/mechanical interplay in specific components such as the ion-conducting membrane and multiphase catalyst layer.
What You Will Do:
• Develop and refine mathematical models to examine multidimensional, multiphysics, transport within an electrochemical reactor including its various constitutive layers (e.g., porous transport 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.
• Examine 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. The model should identify critical barriers and provide mitigation strategies to enable performance optimization.
• Ability to participate in and present results at selected meetings and seminars.
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:
• Ph.D in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a 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.
• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written as well as technical writing.
• 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.
• Knowledge of constitutive relations, continuum theories and polymer physics
Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Demonstrated strong experience with finite-element methods and Comsol.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
• This is a full time, 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 paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• 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.
How To Apply
Apply directly online at http://22.214.171.124/counter.php?id=163655 and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.
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