The postdoctoral scholar will focus on a widespread availability of cost-effective electrochemical energy storage and conversion that is urgently needed to facilitate growth of the renewable energy economy.
The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as part of a larger team of national labs, is working to address the gap in the science of manufacturing for vitally important technologies. We seek a highly-motivated, team-oriented postdoctoral scholar who wants to explore fundamental questions of suspension film behavior including on effects of microscale forces such as van der Waals, charged double layer and polymeric steric repulsion on heat and mass transfer in dense colloidal systems. The postdoctoral scholar is expected to develop novel experimental approaches for operando monitoring of critical processing steps, making use of a wide range of analytical tools available at LBNL, including synchrotron-based techniques at the Advanced Light Source, and imaging and spectroscopy capabilities at the Molecular Foundry.
What You Will Do:
Conduct research, including but not limited to:
Formulation of particle suspension samples and characterization using a variety of analytical techniques.
Quantitative suspension film drying experiments in laboratory settings and at the Advanced Light Source.
Quantitative analysis of experimental results.
Maintain organized records and accessible data, prepare manuscripts, reports, and presentations.
Present research results at meetings and seminars.
Perform literature surveys.
Maintain a safe and organized laboratory environment
Participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse research team.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Design and build experimental setups for film drying experiments.
Develop computational tools for data analysis.
Collaborate on research proposals.
What is Required:
A recent Ph.D. graduate with experience in experimental design and familiarity with thermodynamics, transport phenomena and complex fluid behavior.
Ability to work independently and exercise good scientific judgment.
Strong communication, organizational, and data management skills.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience with particle suspension preparation and characterization.
Experience with mechanical and electronic design and fabrication.
Experience with glove box operation.
Familiarity with electrochemistry.
Experience with battery or fuel cell fabrication and testing.
Experience with synchrotron-based experiments.
Experience with NMR and other spectroscopy techniques.
Experience with microscopy and quantitative image analysis.
Experience with computer programming (Python, C++, and/or Java,preferred) and mathematical modeling.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled
This is a full time 2 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 3 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.
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