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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Materials Processing & Scale-up for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion

Date: Jan 4, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4661 


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 electrode dispersion formulation chemistry, electrode coating technology, multilayer electrode architecture design, roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing science, next-generation cell designs, advanced battery testing and diagnostics, and cell post-mortem analysis. The successful candidate will also be expected to write high impact papers, conduct data analysis, and work with advanced battery professionals. This position resides in the Department of Energy (DOE) Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility (BMF) at ORNL.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 


  • Carry out work on the formulation chemistry and science of anode and cathode dispersions for next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).
  • Design multilayer, thick electrode architectures for simultaneous high-energy and high-power LIB electrodes.
  • R2R coating deposition and scale-up methods for the novel electrode designs using single and dual slot-die coating techniques.
  • Design of next-generation cells including new separators, active materials, and thick, structured electrodes.
  • Develop techniques and strategies for cell electrochemical measurements and post-mortem analysis.
  • Evaluate electrochemical performance in large format cells.
  • Write high impact papers on transformational battery 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 Informaiton:

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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