Postdoctoral Researcher - Polymer and Colloid Science

Golden, Colorado
Mar 12, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable. We are all about transforming energy through science, and our teams work hard at pursuing their passions, both inside and outside the lab. Work at NREL and discover your perfect balance.

Postdoctoral Researcher - Polymer and Colloid Science

Job Req R3900

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation's energy and environmental goals.

A postdoctoral position is available in NREL's Chemistry and Nanoscience Center to pursue research in the area of polymer and colloidal science related to controlling the morphology of electrodes for electrochemical technologies. You will lead experimental activities investigating ink formulation and coating processes to control polymer-particle interactions, phase separation, and film morphology. This position is highly collaborative, and you will work with other NREL researchers and external collaborators to define experiments and research directions to successfully complete project goals and milestones.

Job Responsibilities

  • Formulation of heterogenous inks to control polymer-particle interactions, rheology, and phase separation.
  • Design of coating processes to control film properties such as porosity and cracking.
  • Characterization of inks and fabricated materials to understand the impact of formulation and process parameters on physical and electrochemical properties.
  • Critical analysis of experimental results to guide experiments and achieve project goals.
  • Work with colleagues to plan and design projects and determine technical objectives.
  • Interact with and provide regular project updates to collaborators.
  • Disseminate knowledge through publications in technical journals and presentations at conferences, symposia, and review meetings

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Must be a recent Ph.D.graduate within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science & engineering, polymer science, mechanical or electrical engineering or related field.
  • Experience with polymer science and engineering or colloidal science related to ink formulation and control of interparticle interactions. Experience with emulsions or capillary suspensions would be a plus.
  • Expertise in relevant experimental methods such as rheometry, zeta potential, scattering techniques (light, x-ray, neutron), porosimetry, and electron microscopy.
  • Record of publications/presentations in areas relevant to NREL projects. Demonstrated track record of success in addressing fundamental and applied science questions and devising solutions to challenging problems.

Knowledge of or experience with polymer electrolyte fuel cell and electrolysis materials is desired, though candidates with relevant experience in other technical areas will be considered. Hands on experience with fabrication and testing of energy conversion or storage devices (e.g. fuel cells, electrolysis cells, batteries, photovoltaics) is a plus.

Hands on experience or exposure to coating techniques (doctor blade, slot die, gravure) would be beneficial.