Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7075549 (Ref:409450)

Posted: February 25, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Chemical Sciences & Engineering Division (CSE). In this role you will:

  • Conduct fundamental research in electrochemical reaction synthesis towards production of battery material precursors. 
  • Perform a series of electrochemical synthesis/conditions to produce inorganic chemical compounds.
  • Perform electrochemical/chemical reaction modeling.
  • Conduct operations and design and implement reactors for electrochemical oxidation synthesis reactions from feed mixtures in electrochemical cells. 
  • Design, develop, and implement experimental plans for utilizing and fabricating electrochemical cells for evaluation of electrochemical processes. 
  • Determine current-voltage relationships and apply knowledge to improve electrode kinetics of operation.
  • Apply experimental plans and perform hands-on experiments.
  • Analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, present papers at scientific meetings. 
  • Prepare reports, presentations, and papers for group meetings or meeting sponsor reporting requirements. 
  • Participate in project meetings with non-Argonne collaborators to review results and data, develop experimental work plans, and to define project goals and objectives.

We expect you to have:

  • Knowledge of electrochemical engineering processes to produce inorganic chemical compounds.
  • Knowledge in the field of chemistry and electrochemistry, particularly experience in electrosynthesis, membranes, stabilized anodes, aqueous electrolytes, and the purification and separation of chemicals.
  • Experience in electrochemical or chemical reactor design and their operations as well as engineering principles associated with high temperature and high pressure reactions.
  • Knowledge in wet chemistry, electroanalytical methods (CV, bulk electrolysis), chemical manipulations, and hydrothermal reactions.
  • Experience using breadboard system of operations (mixing, separation, temperature/pressure control) and reaction control (chemical and electrochemical).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  

A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or a related field that has been completed within the last three years. 

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.



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