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Post Doc Research Associate - Battery Materials & Systems

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!
At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Our expert staff provide multi-disciplinary solutions to complex energy and environmental issues. Key capabilities include science (chemical and mechanical). We employ a systems perspective that includes, discovery technology development and scale-up as well as economic, regulatory, and market acceptance issues necessary for successful technology commercialization. EP&MD focuses on three mission contributions: Clean Fossil Energy, Electricity Infrastructure, & Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The Battery Materials & Systems Group within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has an opening for a Post-Doctorate Research Associate position, aimed at synthesis and characterization of energy storage materials in all-solid-state battery and Li battery. This position entails working with collaborative multidisciplinary teams of materials scientists on the solid-state electrolyte design, synthesis, cell performance and fundamental understandings. Knowledge and experience of material synthesis, solid-state battery, lithium-sulfur battery, advanced characterization, battery assembly and test will be preferred to consider. The candidate in material, chemistry, chemical engineering background is encouraged. The candidate will also prepare reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Applies basic theories to well defined tasks with minimal oversight.
  • Requires conceptual knowledge of scientific or engineering theories, practices and procedures within specialization.
  • Receives instruction on required tasks and reports on time and on budget, while working under guidance from experienced staff.
  • Communicates the importance within the work team

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Solid training in chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering or materials science.
  • Knowledge and experience of solid-state electrolyte and battery will be preferred to consider.
  • Demonstrated ability to work (hands-on) on battery assembly, test, and characterization.
  • Hands-on experiences on synthesis of solid electrolytes, sulfur cathode, liquid electrolytes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and safely.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills are required.
  • Candidates must have received a PhD (chemistry, electrochemistry, chemical engineering or materials science) within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
The research involves materials synthesis, organic solvents, flammable Li metal, and use of glove boxes.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity
Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.
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Drug Free Workplace
PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements
Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.