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Sandia National Laboratories Electrochemical Energy Storage - Postdoctoral Appointee in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct experimental electrochemical materials science R&D for energy storage research. If you are passionate about research in these areas, consider this opportunity to become part of our team. You'll collaborate with accomplished scientists and use industry-leading equipment and facilities and gain compelling experiences in preparation for a career in this exciting area.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Synthesize materials for battery electrodes or electrolytes

  • Prepare battery electrodes through casting processes

  • Prepare coin and pouch sized cells in a glove box or dry room

  • Test coin or pouch sized cells or test open electrochemical cells

  • Process data from potentiostat and battery cycler software using Matlab or Excel

  • Disassemble coin and pouch sized cells for characterization

  • Coordinate, perform, and/or analyze data from materials characterization

  • Contribute to preparation, publication, and presentation of scientific findings

The successful applicant will have opportunity to explore several electrochemical materials hypotheses, contribute to ideas and new hypotheses, and will be encouraged to develop new understanding and electrochemical/characterization methods.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Possess, or are pursuing, a PhD in a chemistry, materials, physics or engineering-related field

  • Experience in the field of electrochemical energy storage

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience with materials in situ or ex situ characterization of electrochemical systems

  • Especially desired is experience with electron microscopy and/or nuclear magnetic resonance, but also interested in any of the following: X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, gas sampling, mass spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma, etc.

  • Experience with a glove box

  • Experience making and testing batteries (coin, pouch, etc.)

  • Experience with battery electrode preparation and casting

  • Experience with battery fabrication using liquid electrolytes

  • Experience with Matlab and/or Python programming

  • Experience with electrolyte preparation

  • Experience with lithium metal and/or silicon anodes

  • Experience with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

  • Experience with thin film deposition such as sputtering and atomic layer deposition

  • Experience with battery fabrication using solid electrolytes

  • Experience with material synthesis

About Our Team:

The Nanoscale Sciences Department conducts collaborative groundbreaking research to advance the understanding of materials at the nanoscale and enable the collaborative development of creative solutions for Sandia's broad and evolving National Security and Energy Missions. Our research activities have broad impact; and typically generate peer-reviewed, high-profile journal publications and presentations at professional scientific meetings. Our main research focus on the discovery, understanding, and exploitation of properties and structures unique to the micro- and nanoscale, broadly directed along three thrusts:

  • Electrochemical Materials Science and Applications (e.g. energy storage, corrosion, chemical sensing);

  • Electronic Materials Science and Applications (e.g. carbon nanotubes, granular metals)

  • Nanostructured Materials Science and Applications (e.g. hazardous materials capture/storage, sensing, membranes, water treatment, catalysis)

Our team is committed to nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Position Information:

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.

Job ID: 686695