In this role, you will conduct research in the primary area of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) and secondary area of metal-supported solid oxide electrolysis cell (MS-SOEC) development. The primary focus points will be electrocatalyst and reforming catalyst compositions and processing, cell architecture optimization, cell processing, and cell/materials response to the operating environment.
This position has visibility and impact outside the Lab, via conference presentations, technology transfer, and interactions with funding sponsors and program managers. You will serve as a key hands-on researcher, critical to maintaining the Lab's ability to execute innovative research.
What You Will Do:
Execute creative and innovative research in the field of MS-SOC cells.
Fabricate and test button-cell and large-format MS-SOCs with hydrogen, ethanol, and other fuels.
Conduct post-mortem analysis.
Assist in creating complex work plans for multiple projects, collect and analyze data, and use findings to improve system performance and suggest follow-on work.
Responsible for milestone deliverables on one or more projects.
Review literature and identify opportunities to apply state-of-the-art SOFC/SOEC research to MS-SOCs.
Assist with interactions with existing and potential funding sponsors, program managers, and technical colleagues at DOE and industrial research partners. Assist in preparation and delivery of written and oral reports for existing programs.
Prepare publications and reports, give conference presentations.
Travel domestically and internationally, if immigration status allows, to attend workshops, conferences, and project meetings.
Develop intellectual property and assist in patent disclosure and technology transfer to industrial partners.
Maintain laboratory operations, including equipment purchasing, troubleshooting and maintenance, design/fabrication of testing platforms, and training of junior personnel.
What is Required:
PhD (or equivalent experience) in Chemical or Materials Engineering or related field with focus on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and a minimum of 1 1/2 years of research experience in MS-SOFCs or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
Field of MS-SOFCs.
MS-SOFC cell fabrication and testing.
Electrochemical techniques including EIS and DRT.
Analysis techniques including SEM, EDS, XRD, and high energy x-ray diffraction and scattering (synchrotron) for in situ and in operando SOFC and material characterization.
Pr-based cathode compositions (including PrOx and Pr,Nd,La-nickelates).
Ethanol internal reforming.
Infiltration of catalysts.
Catalyst precursor spraying.
Coating techniques for porous structures.
Outstanding hands-on research capabilities, including fabrication of testing facilities, platforms, and cell test rigs.
Experience with operating and troubleshooting of multiple cell rigs simultaneously (preferred 14+ rigs).
Experience with designing and fabricating mechanical, electrical, electronic, and chemical systems.
Experience with large-format MS-SOFC technology and troubleshooting of large cells (40+ cm2 active area) operating in hydrogen and ethanol fuel.
Ability to be a prolific and inventive researcher, as demonstrated by strong publication and patent record.
Effective oral and written communication and interpersonal interaction with scientists, industrial contacts, administrative and support personnel, and managers both at LBNL and current/potential funding sources.
Must be able to perform the following physical requirements:
Ability to lift 10-20 lbs.
Ability to use hand tools.
What We Desire:
Experience defining and directing the work of less experienced colleagues.
Demonstrated expertise in accelerated electrochemical test protocols to predict/simulate long-term electrochemical operation of SOFCs.
Demonstrated ability to serve as a research and technical lead on fast-paced projects, both government and industry funded.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, Term appointment with the possibility of extension for up to a maximum of 5 years total based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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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