R&D Associate - Multimodal Spectroscopy and Redox-active Interfaces

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Aug 06, 2019
Sep 05, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


We are seeking an early career scientist focusing on developing multi-modal spectroscopic platform for characterizing electrochemical interfaces and redox systems for chemical and electrochemical storage. The position provides excellent opportunities to work in frontiers areas of energy storage R&D funded by Department of Energy and other sponsors with access to state-of-the art facilities such as Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), Battery Manufacturing Facility (BMF), Center for Nanophase Materials (CNMS) and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF).  Job responsibilities include developing various in-situ and ex-situ laser spectroscopy methods for characterizing battery interfaces as well as undertaking complimentary experiments at ORNL’s SNS and X-ray synchrotron sources (APS, ALS, and SSRL-SLAC) through the National Laboratory User’s program.  This position resides in the Energy Storage and Membrane Materials Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and apply plasmon-sensitive Raman, scanning probe and electrochemical techniques to measure ion transport across solid-liquid and solid-solid interfaces
  • Provide state-of-the-art spectroscopic and interphase characterization support to various research teams working on grid storage and solid electrolyte interfaces.
  • Undertake research collaboration with external partners and deliver effectively to ongoing research program in energy storage and membrane materials
  • Participate in the development of new research directions and proposals for funding
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure ORNL’s guidelines for health and safety, environmental protection and maintain high scientific ethics, integrity and values


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in chemical or electrochemical engineering, materials science/physical chemistry or a closely related science discipline
  • A minimum of two years of post-doctoral experience in the area of energy storage materials and/or redox flow batteries


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong background in applying various laser, X-ray, neutron scattering and imaging methods for characterizing electrochemical interfaces. Examples include but not limited to probing electrode-electrolyte interfaces, charge transfer in soft-materials, ionic conductors and interfaces
  • Experience in synthesis and characterization of membrane separators for redox systems such as solid state and redox flow batteries
  • Strong background in developing insitu/in operando spectro-electrochemical techniques for characterizing battery materials and electrode interfaces
  • Working knowledge and experience in applying various atomistic and molecular modelling methods such as Density Functional Theory (DFT), MD simulations for analyzing spectroscopic results.
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals, patents and other significant achievements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A self-starter and able to set priorities, work independently, and participate creatively in a collaborative team effort


Special Requirements:

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 PSDrecruit@ornl.gov.  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.



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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