Technical Professional - Electrode & Cell Engineering and Assembly for Electrochemical Systems

Oak Ridge National Lab
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Closing date
Oct 3, 2021

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Research-Applied, Technical Services
Job Type
Full time
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The Energy Storage and Conversion Manufacturing Group in the Electrification Section of the Energy Science and Technology Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for a Technical Professional / Engineer to conduct research on electrode dispersion formulation chemistry, electrode coating technology, multilayer electrode architecture design, roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing science, next-generation cell designs, advanced battery testing and diagnostics, and cell post-mortem analysis for next-generation intercalation batteries, solid-state batteries, (PEM) proton exchange membrane fuel cells and electrolyzers. The successful candidate will also be expected to  operate multiple pieces of experimental pilot roll-to-roll (R2R) equipment, troubleshoot existing and new equipment, assist in cell design and testing, and work with advanced battery, fuel cell, and electrolyzer professionals. This position resides in the Department of Energy (DOE) Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility (BMF) at ORNL.


Major Duties / Responsibilities


  • Carry out work on the formulation chemistry and science of anode and cathode dispersions for next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), PEM fuel cells, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, and electrolyzers.
  • Support the design of multilayer, thick electrode architectures for simultaneous high-energy and high-power LIB electrodes.
  • Support the design of thin multilayer anodes and cathodes for PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers with tailored material composition gradients.
  • Support of R2R coating deposition and scale-up methods for the novel electrode.
  • Operation of R2R coating lines that utilize UV and electron beam curing.
  • Operation of R2R freeze tape casting line.
  • Develop techniques and strategies for cell electrochemical measurements and post-mortem analysis.
  • Evaluate electrochemical performance in large format cells.
  • Assist principle investigators in delivering milestones for projects.
  • Contribute to high impact journal papers on transformational battery, fuel cell, and electrolyzer technologies.
  • Network and develop collaboration with other groups and divisions internally and with other national labs, industry, and utilities.



Basic Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, Materials Science or closely related field.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in materials process, electrode engineering and cell fabrication.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with record of publications.
  • Strong ability/aptitude to contribute to proposal writing, write reports, and publish journal papers and patents.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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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