Postdoctoral Researcher

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7071379 (Ref:408957)

Posted: October 23, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Basic Purpose:

The principal focus of this position centers on computational studies of physical, chemical and electrochemical properties of battery electrolytes in the bulk phase and at the interface.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Considerable demonstrated experience in performing DFT calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to study physical and chemical properties of materials.
  • Research experience with battery electrolytes and liquid-solid interfaces is a plus.
  • The successful candidate will join a large diverse team with a background in physics, materials and chemistry.
  • Ph.D. in chemistry/chemical engineering/materials/physics or a related discipline.
  • Essential skills required for this position are substantial experience in the study of structural and dynamic properties, as well as chemistry of materials using ab initio methods (e.g. DFT, TD-DFT, AIMD) and codes (e.g. VASP/CP2K, Gaussian, NWChem), with some experience with scientific programming.
  • A record of accomplishment of peer-reviewed publications on computational and theoretical research, as well as good oral and written communication skills are also desired.
  • The candidate is expected to think and work independently and conduct research in a highly interdisciplinary environment of chemist, physicist and materials scientists.
  • Theoretical work will be closely collaborated with experimental colleagues so teamwork skills are essential.

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