Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell (MS-SOFC) development.
In this role, you will work to determine and improve the performance and durability of MS-SOFCs with hydrogen, methane, natural gas, and other fuels. This will include cell fabrication and testing, post-mortem analysis, and diagnosis of performance-limiting and durability-limiting phenomena. The primary focus points will be infiltrated catalyst composition and processing, operation with hydrocarbon fuels, and the impact of carbon and sulfur on durability. The research will be conducted in collaboration with industrial partners, and as such will be fast-paced and goal-driven, with the possibility of high visibility and commercialization of successfully developed technology. You will also interact with the energy conversion group focused on understanding fuel-cell phenomena and components.
What You Will Do:
Fabricate and test button-cell MS-SOFCs with hydrogen, methane, and natural gas.
Conduct post-mortem analysis to determine degradation modes.
Review literature and identify opportunities to apply state-of-the-art SOFC research to MS-SOFCs.
Conceive and execute research that is novel and can lead to high impact.
Work as part of a team to execute projects.
Interface with research stakeholders from industry and national laboratory.
Provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance to colleagues.
Bring research to fruition, resulting in presentations at meetings, publications in journals, or patents.
Work on meeting milestones and reporting them to project sponsors.
What is Required:
Recent Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences or related disciple.
Strong publication/patent record.
Excellent hands-on research skills and mechanical aptitude.
Experience with SOFC research and related techniques and analysis.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.
Ability to produce research deliverables on a scheduled timeline of milestones.
Willingness to take ownership of all experimental aspects of a project.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative, as well as to collaborate with other researchers in a diverse team.
What We Prefer:
Knowledge of metal-supported SOFCs.
Knowledge of infiltrated catalysts.
Knowledge of hydrocarbon reforming.
Knowledge of SOFC operation with hydrocarbon fuels.
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, 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 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.
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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