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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Manufacturing Science for PEM Fuel Cell & Electrolyzer Electrode

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4662 


The Energy Storage and Conversion Manufacturing Group in the Electrification Section of the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research on the development of electrocatalyst inks and electrodes for low-temperature proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and electrolyzers. The successful candidate will also be expected to write high impact papers, conduct data analysis, and work with coating, fuel cell, electrolyzer, and roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing professionals. This position resides in the Department of Energy (DOE) Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility (BMF) at ORNL.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Perform electrocatalyst ink formulation and characterization studies for PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer anodes and cathodes.
  • Develop prototype and R2R coating methods for scaling continuous anodes and cathodes for PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers.
  • Research multilayer coating approaches to designer anode and cathode architectures for maximizing high-current-density performance of PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers.
  • Investigate Ti porous transport layer (PTL) performance and microporous layer (MPL) composition and addition for PEM electrolyzer anodes.
  • Interface with other team members of the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck (M2FCT) and H2 from the Next-generation of Electrolyzers of Water (H2NEW) Consortia.
  • Develop techniques and strategies for electrochemical measurements and post-mortem analysis.
  • Write high impact papers on transformational PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies.
  • Network and develop collaboration with other groups and divisions internally and with other national labs, industry, and utilities.
  • Supervise students.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, or closely related fields completed no more than five years prior to the date of application.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong publication record with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong Ability/aptitude to contribute to proposal writing, write reports, and publish journal papers and patents. 

Additional Information:

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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