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Posted: 07/15/2017
Company name: Brookhaven National Laboratory
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Job Title: Energy-Storage Postdoc RA
Term: Entry
Degree: Graduate
Major: Materials Science
Industry: National Lab
Location NY
Description Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization. Position Description 

Energy Storage and Electrochemistry related research is being conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This interest aligns with the Department of Energy goals. For example, energy storage technologies are a key consideration for new generations of electrified vehicles, the electrical grid, and portable electronics as well as for the full integration of renewable forms of energy generation. Thus, advancing the field of electrochemistry by increased understanding as well as pursuit of new storage systems is an important aspect of the Brookhaven National Lab agenda. This research activity will relate to the Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), specifically the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties managed by Director Esther Takeuchi. 

This post-doctoral position will be focused on the cutting edge of electrochemistry, electrochemical materials science and energy storage. This includes conducting experiments, interacting with theorists and other experimentalists doing synthesis and characterization, and reporting on the results. 

The position will report directly to Chief Scientist and EFRC Director Esther Takeuchi. Regular technical presentations to Esther Takeuchi, Amy Marschilok, and other collaborators will be required. 

Additionally, this person will interact with the staff scientists located at Brookhaven, in particular at the NSLS-II and CFN facilities. As the research will be interdisciplinary, interaction with these individuals is expected on a frequent basis. 

Position Requirements 
  • PhD in physical science or engineering discipline such as materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics or related discipline. 
  • Knowledge of material structure. 
  • Experience in investigation of structure-function relationships associated with oxidation-reduction processes (i.e. energy storage, catalysis). 
  • Experience with characterization methodologies such as x-ray diffraction, Raman, and x-ray absorption spectroscopy.
  • Ability to perform transmission electron microscopy imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy techniques. 
  • Ability to perform chemical characterization techniques such as infrared, ultraviolet, and visible spectroscopy; gas and liquid chromatography. 
  • Prior experience in design and building of systems for in-situ reactions. 
  • Experience in sample preparation for advanced characterization, specifically focused ion beam (FIB) methods. 
  • Prior productivity in research as demonstrated through publications.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
  • Experience with characterization of core-shell materials.
  • Other Information:
  • Ability to travel between Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory frequently and on short notice required. Independent transportation preferred. 
  • The post-doctoral position is a 1 year appointment with the opportunity for reappointment for an additional year twice, for a possible total of 3 years. 

    At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes but is not limited to: 
    • Medical Plans
    • Vacation
    • Holidays
    • Dental Plans
    • Life Insurance
    • 401(k) Plan
    • Swimming Pool, Weight room Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.
We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment.

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