Physicist/Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California
depending on experience
Feb 08, 2018
Mar 02, 2018
Field of specialization
Energy, Materials
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Physicist/Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar - 84542
Organization:  ED-Energy Storage & Distributed Resources

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division ( has an opening for a Physicist/Chemist Postdoctoral Scholar. You will direct and carry out diagnostic investigations of advanced energy storage systems. This role will define the fundamental issues affecting rechargeable battery performance, study the nature of physico-chemical properties of interfaces, nanostructures, and the mechanism of electrochemical and chemical phenomena that determine the behavior of the electrochemical energy storage systems. You will characterize electrodes used in rechargeable batteries. You will prepare research publications, presentations and reports, assure the smooth operation of the electrochemical laboratories in Building 70.

What You Will Do:
• Develop and apply modern advanced optical and x-ray spectroscopy and microscopy techniques for the characterization, modification and control of composite electrodes and the electrode-electrolyte interfaces in Li-ion rechargeable batteries. These techniques include optical in situ characterization methods such as, Raman, FTIR spectroscopy/microscopy, ellipsometry, TERS, near-field nanoFTIR techniques, scanning probe microscopy, XPS and X-ray absorption, and standard electrochemical techniques.
• Develop and deploy novel instrumental techniques and experimental methodologies to study kinetic properties of electrode materials and electrode/electrolyte interfaces at adequate chemical, special and temporal resolution.
• Design and perform ex situ and in situ experiments on electrode samples from functioning Li-ion batteries as well as cell model systems.
• Process, analyze and present experimental data.  This includes applying computer analysis and simulation programs to interpret experimental data and characterize battery electrode materials and interfaces.
• Adapt and combine various characterization techniques, develop innovative experimental approaches and improved methodologies for the treatment of experimental data. This work will focus on developing these techniques to understanding kinetic and dynamic phenomena at these interfaces and many of the experiments will be performed at the Advanced Light Source, a DOE User Facility.
• Collaborate in the development of new research proposals and new scientific initiatives.
• Participate in collaborative efforts with industrial partners as a member of a diverse research team. Prepare manuscripts, reports and presentations.
• Carry out collaborative research with research associates, postdoctoral scholars, visiting scientists and students with frequent meetings and discussions.
• Prepare materials for submissions and presentation to sponsors.
• Present results at selected meetings.
• Participate in and present results at selected meetings and seminars.
• Pursue professional society activities.

What Is Required:
• Ph.D. (within last 3 years) in the chemical or material sciences and demonstrated proficiency and competency in the application of advanced characterization techniques to study electrochemical phenomena.
• Extensive experience in the use of in situ spectroscopy and microscopy, image processing, data simulation, modeling and numerical analysis of spectroscopic and microscopic data.
• Strong expertise and experience in experimental electrochemistry.
• Knowledge of chemistry of rechargeable battery systems.
• Familiarity with contemporary scientific challenges in battery science and technology.
• Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
• Excellent communication both in written and oral including excellent presentation skills.
• Good organization skills.
• Ability to prepare materials for presentation at meetings and workshops.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on March 31, 2018.

• This is a full time, 3 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 2 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.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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