The Electrochemical Postdoctoral Scholar employee will work in Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distribution Resources Division of Energy Technologies Area and perform research in the area of advanced electrolyzers, fuel cells and other energy conversion devices. You will work in ink preparation, electrode fabrication, design and selection of gas diffusion layers, testing of membrane electrode assemblies, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and design of new experimental capabilities to isolate catalyst layer characterization as well as will work with modelers for electrochemical model validation, collaboration with industrial and other research partners, explaining trends seen in experimental data and designing experiments to elucidate mechanisms.
What You Will Do:
Perform materials selection and design of electrolyzer, and fuel cell, electrocatalysts, catalyst layers, gas diffusion layers, membranes, ionomers and flowfields.
Evaluate the fuel cell and electrolyzer performance and durability using various DC and AC electrochemical techniques.
Characterize as prepared and tested membrane electrode assemblies using XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, XRF, XPS in order to resolve the structure property relationships in conjunction with electrochemical performance.
Use and develop appropriate advanced characterization techniques for the in-depth understanding properties of the catalyst layer under fuel cell and electrolysis operation conditions.
Analyze the results to examine limiting factors in performance as well as identify areas of deficiency, propose new experimental conditions, experiment design and testing in order to overcome deficiencies.
Communicate findings in reports, papers and conference presentations.
Develop and maintain laboratory equipment and control software to support experiments.
Carry out collaborative research with staff scientists, postdoc fellows, industrial collaborators, visiting researchers and students.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Work on model development and validation using in cell performance; develop equivalent circuit models of impedance spectra fitting;
Interact with the LBNL fuel cell and electrochemistry community (with extensive experience in batteries, modeling of batteries and fuel cells, electrode material synthesis, spectroscopy, detailed diagnostics, and cell design) to aid in electrochemistry research.
What is Required:
Recent PhD in materials engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or closely related field.
Experience with electrolyzers, fuel cells, or related devices at the membrane electrode assembly level.
Knowledge of electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrolysis and fuel-cell related diagnostic methods and materials.
Ability to work independently toward meeting goals, solving problems, and developing scientific ideas.
Ability to initiate collaborations and participate in collaborative efforts as a member of a diverse team.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written as well as technical writing.
Self-starter that is driven to produce high quality research and explore new frontiers in electrochemistry.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Demonstrated experience in materials characterization techniques.
Knowledge of electrochemistry in the aqueous and solid state.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 7, 2018.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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