Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7075992 (Ref:409533)

Posted: March 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE).

Under the guidance of a supervisor, you will:

  • Conduct mission-oriented research on battery materials.
  • Perform systematic experiments to develop a fundamental understanding of processes responsible for system performance and performance degradation through the use of new and existing tools.
  • Build, test, and analyze data from prototype batteries and their components using a wide variety of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Elucidate and implement solutions required to enhance the performance, life and safety of battery cells.
  • Plan and conduct research on battery materials with characterization techniques that include electrochemical, structural, and chemical methods, while adhering to Laboratory and Divisional ESH/QA practices and policies.
  • Analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, present papers at scientific meetings, and prepare reports, presentations, and papers for group meetings or meeting sponsor reporting requirements.
  • Develop and maintain laboratory equipment and facilities.

We expect you to have: 

  • Considerable experience with electrochemical testing and physicochemical characterization of lithium battery materials and cells.
  • Considerable knowledge and hands-on experience with a variety of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to solve problems of scientific and technological interest.
  • Demonstrated ability to concurrently work on multiple projects.
  • Strong skills in planning and implementing electrochemical experiments.
  • Strong skills in the use and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication.
  • Other desirable skills include prior experience with X-ray characterization techniques, electron microscopy and other approaches to material and battery-cell characterization.
The level of scientific knowledge and sophistication required is normally associated with a Ph.D. in materials engineering, or related engineering or scientific disciplines and 0 years work experience.

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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