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Requisition Id 7972 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Energy Storage and Conversion Manufacturing Group in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructures (EEID) Division, Engery Science and Technology Directorate (ESTD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research on materials processing and characterization, electrode engineering and postmortem analysis for batteries with high-energy and high-power density. The successful candidate will also be expected to write high impact papers, conduct data analysis, and work with advanced battery professionals. This position resides in the Department of Energy (DOE) Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility (BMF) at ORNL.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Understand relations of materials properties, processing, and properties for lithium-ion battery electrodes. Carry out work on the formulation chemistry and science of anode and cathode dispersions for next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs)
  • Design tailored electrode architecture for simultaneous high-energy and high-power density.
  • Understand mass transport limiting on high-energy cells
  • Develop techniques and strategies for cell electrochemical measurements and post-mortem analysis.
  • Write high impact papers on transformational battery technologies
  • Network and develop collaboration with other groups and divisions internally and with other national labs, industry, and utilities


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last 5 years


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong publication record with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability/aptitude to contribute to proposal writing, write reports, and publish journal papers and patents
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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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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