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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Silicon Battery Chemistry

Date: Jan 6, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4678 


We are seeking a post doctoral researcher focused on synthesis and characterization of silicon based materials and there electrochemical performance.    This position resides in the Energy Storage Membrane Materials Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (X060), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) but will involve close (daily) collaborations with scientists/team members across the laboratory.  Potential candidates are expected to contribute to the development unique science directions, in collaboration with the Team and sponsoring organizations.  Furthermore, the position requires collaborating and interacting with staff at ORNL’s Battery Manufacturing Facility located at the National Transportation Research Center.  This position will support the laboratories mission of world leading energy storage science and delivering solutions to pressing energy storage problems essential to economic develop and security of the United States


As part of our research team, the candidate will be expected to work across a variety of projects related to vehicle, grid, and space batteries.  Applicants are expected to perform experiments to direct and control interfacial reactions within energy storage materials.  In addition, the applicant will be expected to help train new scientists (graduate students, post-BS, and post-docs) with suitable laboratory procedures and aspects related to safety and best practices.  The candidate will make extensive use of state-of-the-art spectroscopy (Raman, electron microscopy, infrared, etc) and scattering methods (both X-ray and neutrons).  Other characterization studies will be implemented as appropriate for the materials including resistivity, photoelectron spectroscopy, ion transport, and NMR.  Applicants will be expected to compose or participate in the composition of reports and peer reviewed publications.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Electrochemistry
  • Synthesizing materials
  • Synthesis of composite electrodes
  • Perform characterization studies of battery materials
  • Coordinate research with other team members inside and outside ORNL
  • Design and evaluate special cells required for in situ studies
  • Work with sponsors to achieve project goals and deliverables
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or related fields completed no more than five years prior to the date of application.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with battery chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry background
  • Experience with ceramic and materials synthesis
  • Valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver license within 10 days of arriving to operate DOE vehicles on-site.
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents or commercial products
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers  
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Additional Information:


  • Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. 
  • Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.
  • 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.


Work Direction and Interfaces: 
Position reports to the Energy Storage and Membrane Materials group in the Chemical Sciences Division and interfaces with administrative staff, managers and visitors to ORNL.


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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