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Electrochemist Postdoctoral Researcher
Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location: Berkeley, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/23/2022
Expire Date: 08/23/2022
Job Categories: Research & Development
Job Description
Electrochemist Postdoctoral Researcher
Electrochemist Postdoctoral Researcher - 96155
Division: ED-Energy Storage & Distributed Resources

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (https://appliedenergyscience.lbl.gov/) has an opening for a Electrochemist Postdoctoral Researcher to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will conduct research in the area of high temperature electrolysis (HTE) solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) development, in The Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. You will work to analyze and improve operation of LBNL’s metal-supported (MS-SOEC) technology in SOEC mode. Primary focus points will be infiltrated catalyst composition and processing, cell architecture optimization, Cr-suppression coatings, cell processing, and cell/materials response to the SOEC environment. You will also operate and diagnose conventional electrode-supported SOECs. Primary focus points will be dynamic operation (cycling of power, steam content, etc.) and development of accelerated stress test (AST) protocols. These activities will include cell fabrication and testing with controlled humidity, post-mortem analysis, and diagnosis of performance-limiting and durability-limiting phenomena. The research is conducted in collaboration with industrial and academic partners, and as such will be fast-paced and goal-driven, with the possibility of high visibility and commercialization of successfully developed technology. You will also interact with the Energy Conversion Group focused on understanding fuel-cell phenomena and components.

What You Will Do:
• Fabricate and test button-cell MS-SOECs.
• Test button-cell SOECs.
• Conduct post-mortem analysis to determine degradation modes.
• Review literature and identify opportunities to apply state-of-the-art SOFC/SOEC research to MS-SOECs and AST development.
• 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 stakeholders from industry, academia, and national laboratories.
• Provide ideas, suggestions, and guidance to colleagues.
• Bring research to fruition, resulting in presentations at meetings, publications in journals, or patents.
• Work on meeting milestones and reporting them to project sponsors.
• Adhere with ETA and EH&S safety guidelines.

Additional Responsibilities as needed:
• Travel to conferences and project management meetings.
• Interact with the LBNL electrochemistry community (with extensive experience in batteries, modeling of batteries and fuel cells, electrode material synthesis, spectroscopy, and cell design) to aid in electrochemistry research.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov (https://covid.lbl.gov/) for more information.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
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Qualifications & Requirements
What is Required:
• Recent PhD in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science or related field.
• Strong publication/patent record.
• Excellent hands-on research skills and mechanical aptitude.
• Experience with SOFC or SOEC research and related techniques and analysis.
• Ability and willingness to work in a team environment.
• Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
• Ability to produce research deliverables on a scheduled timeline of milestones.
• Self-motivated and able to work independently.
• Ability to learn rapidly and integrate new skills.
• Willingness to take ownership of all experimental aspects of a project.

Desired Qualifications:
• Knowledge of metal-supported SOFCs.
• Knowledge of infiltrated catalysts.
• Knowledge of SOEC electrolysis operation.

For full consideration, please apply by July 6, 2022.

• 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 of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
• 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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Company Name: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Company Description:
Bringing Science Solutions to the World From the infinite scale of the universe to the infinitesimal scale of subatomic particles, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley Lab – are advancing the scope of human knowledge and seeking science solutions to some of the greatest problems facing humankind. Scientific excellence and an unparalleled record of achievement have been the hallmarks of this Laboratory since it was founded in 1931. Fourteen Nobel Prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab. Eighty Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Fifteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research, and one (Arthur Rosenfeld) has received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained tens of thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Located on a 202-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram science lab in the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in energy-efficient technologies – from cool roofs to window coatings to appliances – have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence’s belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His “team science” concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy; today, a deep commitment to inclusion and diversity brings perspectives that inspire innovative solutions. https://www.lbl.gov
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