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R&D Associate Staff, Emerging and Solid-State Batteries Group

Oak Ridge, Tennessee
To be discussed at later date
Closing date
Mar 14, 2024

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, with an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,200 people! ORNL’s decadal vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation. Come join us as we solve the nation's biggest challenges!


We are seeking a R&D Associate Staff Member to advance science and technology in the areas of electrochemical energy storage including advanced synchrotron characterization, materials synthesis, and electrochemical characterization among other battery R&D duties.  Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, technical skills, and education. You will be expected to develop and execute research projects on battery materials synthesis and advanced characterization.

These research areas are aligned with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies and other DOE programs.

This R&D Associate position is in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division, and research will primarily be conducted at ORNL’s Grid Research, Integration & Deployment Center (GRID-C). You will collaborate with staff across ORNL and will be expected to communicate at conferences and project review meetings and interface with scientists at other national labs, industry, and universities.

Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research on the advanced characterization of battery materials and systems

  • Carry out research on the synthesis of battery materials

  • Conduct research on electrode fabrication and development of pouch cells

  • Conduct research on thorough electrochemical testing of battery systems

  • Write, develop, and review technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards

  • Ensure safe, collegial, and collaborative workplace

  • Network and develop collaboration with other groups and divisions internally at ORNL and with other national labs and industry

  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, or related discipline

  • Demonstrated record of technical accomplishments in:

    • advanced characterization that includes synchrotron X-ray methods; 2) battery materials synthesis, electrode fabrication, and development of pouch-format cells; and 3) electrochemical characterization and performance evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in lithium-ion and beyond lithium-ion chemistries as well as all solid-state batteries is highly desired.


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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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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