Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7063174 (Ref:407563)

Posted: January 17, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to mainly conduct research to develop functional ceramic materials used for all solid-state batteries under the guidance of a supervisor.

The project involves physical, mechanical, chemical, and electrochemical characterization of ceramics using various characterization techniques. The candidate will establish the relationship between the physical/chemical properties and electrochemical performance of ceramics. The candidate will also conduct novel characterization of these materials using advanced x-ray synchrotron measurements. Provides an understanding on working principles and failure mechanism of functional ceramics. The candidate should be able to analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, present papers at scientific meetings, and prepare reports and presentations/papers for group meetings.

This position will be a term position that may be renewed for up to three years.

We expect you to have:

  • A recently completed Ph.D Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or Electrochemistry or another related field.
  • Considerable skill in different synthetic techniques (co-precipitation, solid state reaction) used to produce layered oxide cathode materials and compounds.
  • Deep understanding of electrochemistry, able to conduct the cyclic voltammetry, EIS, and galvanostatic test of half/full cells.
  • Knowledge of synchrotron-based X-ray techniques (such as x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy) for in situ studies of Materials/Interfacial chemistry during synthesis and high temperature, high-voltage, or high rate operation.
  • Considerable skill in the characterization on the thermal stability of cathode materials (such as TGA, ARC, TGA-MS…) and safety of battery pack.
  • Knowledge and understanding to provide novel solutions to electrochemical issues from other areas of materials research, oxides, composites, and electrochemical interfaces.
  • Knowledge of processing and analyzing results.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and good record of publication and external recognition in relevant areas.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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