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Solid State Battery Materials Postdoctoral Scholars

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Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Solid State Battery Materials Postdoctoral Scholars. You will conduct research in the area of solid-state batteries in the Battery Materials Research Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The incumbent will work to demonstrate, analyze, and improve fabrication processes for ceramic electrolyte layer and electrolyte/cathode bilayer structures, and assess processing routes for fabrication of solid state batteries. This will include ceramic synthesis, powder processing, sintering, cell fabrication and testing, mechanical testing, and diagnosis of performance-limiting and cycling-limiting phenomena. Primary focus points will be LLZO synthesis, sintering studies, cathode/electrolyte compatibility and bilayer architecture optimization. Youwill interact with global leaders in battery, SOFC, and ceramic electrochemical device technology and work as part of the team to execute projects.

What You Will Do:

  • Synthesize ceramic oxide materials.

  • Prepare ceramic compacts and layers.

  • Conduct sintering studies.

  • Conduct cell fabrication, and electrochemical testing and analysis.

  • Explore viable processing routes for high energy density solid state battery cathode/electrolyte structures.

  • Review literature and assist with identifying opportunities to apply state-of-the-art battery materials research to challenges in fabrication and processing.

  • Conceive and execute research that is novel and can lead to high impact.

  • Interface with research stakeholders from industry, academia, and national laboratories.

  • Provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance to colleagues.

  • Bring research to fruition, resulting in presentations at meetings, publications in journals, or patents.

  • Work on meeting milestones and reporting them to project sponsors.

  • Follow all the Lab and ETA safety requirements.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:

  • Travel to conferences and project management meetings.

  • Interact with the LBNL electrochemistry community (with extensive experience in batteries, modeling of batteries and fuel cells, electrode material synthesis, spectroscopy, and cell design) to aid in electrochemistry research.

  • Conduct mechanical testing of ceramic materials and structures.

What Is Required:

  • Recent Ph.D. in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science or related field.

  • Good publication record.

  • Demonstrated ability to design experiments, conduct independent research and contribute to peer-reviewed publications.

  • Excellent hands-on research skills and mechanical aptitude.

  • Experience with solid state battery research and related techniques and analysis.

  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Strong organizational and record-keeping skills.

  • Ability to produce research deliverables on a scheduled timeline of milestones.

  • Ability to learn rapidly and integrate new skills.

  • Willingness to take ownership of all experimental aspects of a project.

  • Self-motivated and ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative, as well as to collaborate with other researchers in a diverse team.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of ceramics processing techniques and equipment.

  • Knowledge of LLZO and other solid Li conductors.

  • Knowledge of mechanical testing of ceramics.

  • Knowledge of Li battery assembly and testing.

  • Knowledge of ceramic sintering theory and characterization.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

Notes:

  • This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

  • Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.

  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

  • Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

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