Postdoctoral Appointee: Li-ion battery cathode synthesis

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7088870 (Ref:ANL-411837)

Posted: November 11, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position will be primarily to work on developing a new process for making Li-ion battery cathodes at the Materials Engineering Research Facility. The work would entail running a continuous stirred tank reactor to produce high quality Li-ion battery cathode precursor. Then taking those precursors and optimizing a calcination recipe to achieve the highest performance material possible. The postdoctoral appointee would be responsible for performing or having others perform a variety of characterizations including ICP, XRD, PSA, SEM and electrochemical performance tests. Once processes are established, these processes will be scaled up to kg quantities and the resulting material tested in larger format cells.

In addition to work on the above project, the postdoctoral appointee will have the opportunity to work on a number of other projects. These projects could include work on battery recycling through the ReCell center and plastics recycling. Work is also beginning on improving processes for creating the raw ingredients for Li-ion battery cathode production.

Position Requirements

  • PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science (those with other degrees (PhD), but have similar skills to those listed will be considered)

  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to work in a team environment.

  • Skills in installing and maintaining equipment.

  • Willingness to abide by safety rules.

  • Ability to work with large volumes of hazardous chemicals.

  • Flexibility to change projects and work on a variety of projects simultaneously.

  • Knowledge in the following areas and techniques is desirable: Li-ion batteries, XRD, SEM, electrochemical testing, running reactors, recycling, separations.

  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork. 

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time



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