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Argonne National Laboratory

Postdoctoral Appointee - Battery Development



Full Time

On Site


Lemont, Illinois, United States

The Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking applicants for a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct fundamental research in the field of battery development.

The research project will involve development of lithium-oxygen batteries. Experimental work involves material synthesis and characterization, including a wide range of electrochemical, chemical and structural characterization and electrode optimization.

Position Requirements

This position will involve a considerable amount of experimental laboratory work with a variety of characterization techniques including Raman spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and common potentiostatic and galvanostatic methods, etc.; coin cell, Swagelok cell, and three-electrode cell and familiarity with Maccor or other equivalent testing systems. The candidate should be able to analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, present papers at scientific meetings, and prepare reports and presentations/papers for group meetings.

  • Strong experimental knowledge in fundamental electrochemistry and different advanced energy storage technologies including Li-oxygen batteries and various battery reaction mechanisms

  • Considerable hands-on experience of battery material synthesis (solid-state, wet chemistry, mechano-chemical) and characterization (SEM, XRD, DEMS, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, etc.)

  • Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent

  • The candidate is expected to independently and conduct research in a highly interdisciplinary environment of chemist, physicist and materials scientists

  • Skilled in safely handling air/moisture-sensitive chemicals

  • Experiences within situ/operando/ex situ synchrotron-based X-ray techniques (XRD, XAS, cell design)

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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