Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Fuel-Cell Postdoctoral Scholar. You will work with a world-class team from industry, academia, and national laboratories to understand, characterize and optimize transport phenomena and structure/function relationships of various classes of ion-conducting polymer membranes in the hydrogen and fuel-cell program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This will include advanced diagnostics of the membranes as well as their structural characterization to ascertain the relevant mechanical and transport properties, establish structure/property relationships and provide concepts to mitigate any observed bottlenecks. Such analyses may also include mathematical modeling of the properties and various physics occurring in these material systems. The incumbent will also interact with the energy conversion group focused on understanding fuel-cell phenomena and membranes with a particular emphasis on underlying fundamental properties of ionomers for a wide range of energy and environmental applications, including electrolyzers and flow batteries as well as will complement the existing strengths in the hydrogen and fuel cell program in advanced material-level diagnostics, characterization, and analysis.
What You Will Do:
Characterize transport and stability of ion-conducting membranes using various advanced diagnostics.
Develop structural and spectroscopic characterization techniques for ionomers.
Conceive and execute research that is novel and can lead to high impact.
Work as part of a team to execute projects.
Interface with research team from across industry, academia, and national laboratories.
Provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance to colleagues.
Bring research to fruition, resulting in presentations at meetings and publications in journals.
Work on meeting milestones and reporting them to DOE.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in professional society activities.
Work with the energy-conversion team in diagnostics and use of synchrotron x-ray facilities for ion-conducting membrane studies.
Interact with the LBNL electrochemistry and polymer community (with extensive experience in fuel cells, electrolysis, material synthesis, spectroscopy, polymer characterization) to aid in relevant research activities.
What is Required:
PhD in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science or related field.
Strong publication record.
Experience with polymer physics research and related characterizations.
Demonstrated experience in membrane-property measurements and developing experimental setups.
Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
Experience in bringing together novel and different fields and/or approaches and techniques to solving materials problems.
Ability to learn rapidly and integrate new fields.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of fuel cells and electrolyzers.
Knowledge of ionomers, composite membranes and polymer physics.
Knowledge of structure and property characterization techniques for polymers.
Familiarity with electrochemistry, transport phenomena and fuel-cell diagnostic methods and materials.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 15, 2017.
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.
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