Postdoctoral Appointee - Energy Storage R&D

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

Job posting number: #7061014 (Ref:669372)

Posted: October 4, 2019

Job Description

Are you passionate about your work and want to utilize state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves challenging issues for the nation's security? If so, you could be the highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Scientist we seek to support energy storage research and development, incorporating materials science with electrochemical analysis. On any given day you may be called on to: + Effectively contribute towards presentation and publication activities supporting research efforts, and have interpersonal skills that facilitate effective team research efforts with interdisciplinary staff. + Support research activities associated with advancing the understanding around energy storage systems work funded through Laboratory Directed Research and Development, as well as through other research programs. + Utilize problem solving skills and critical thinking needed to conduct this work such as familiarity with test operations, data acquisition and instrument control, project planning, test management, and familiarity with environmental, health, safety, and security work planning and controls. + Become familiar with energy storage technologies and materials or have an aptitude to develop a background in this area. + Use expertise in materials characterization, and electrochemistry. + Plan, conduct and execute science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, or demonstration.

+ PhD in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or a closely related STEM field conferred within 5 years prior to employment.

+ Strong academic record and relevant dissertation project with associated publications exhibiting relevant experience and effective teaming skills. + Familiarity with data acquisition and control of instrumentation for monitoring electrical, thermal, and mechanical variables. + Familiarity with battery materials and energy storage systems and theoretical and practical understanding of electrochemistry as it relates to batteries. + Experience coordinating the efforts of a group of technicians and/or students. + Experience with energy storage technologies, especially batteries and/or capacitors. + Background in analytical techniques and materials characterization. + Background in energy storage materials. + Software control of test systems through LabView or object-oriented programming language, Python programming, or related control and programming expertise. + Proven ability to work in a team environment and support efforts to meet testing schedules. + Excellent communication skills including reporting of technical results in both written and presentation form as proven through an established publication record, presentations, and/or internally produced report. + Training and dedication to laboratory safety and experience in dealing with electrical, mechanical, thermal, and chemical hazards. + Laboratory focus and willingness to spend the majority of the workday in a laboratory environment. + An understanding of the principles of electrochemical processes. + Aptitude for crafting engineered fixtures, cabling, and other testing hardware. + Outstanding laboratory and/or test facility safety record and dedication to the alignment of operational safety principles. + Experience in the application of engineered safety controls in mitigating or eliminating safety hazards. + Knowledge of electrochemically active metal-oxide materials. + Knowledge of lithium-ion and/or flow battery materials and systems.

Department Description:

The Advanced Power Sources Research and Development Department develops primary and rechargeable lithium batteries, hybrid power sources, and double layer capacitors for our customers in the DOE, the military, industry, and other Sandia organizations. The Department endeavors to build on a leadership position in developing lithium batteries for energy and defense applications. In collaboration with others, we develop new power source concepts and materials leading to component development for specific applications. Our battery safety research and abuse testing laboratories are state-of-the-art and help us understand battery failures and lead our engineering efforts to produce abuse tolerant systems for nuclear weapons and other defense and consumer applications that include electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. To accomplish these missions, Department personnel perform applied research, engineering design, hardware development, cell prototyping and fabrication, safety evaluation, and testing. Our personnel also partner with industrial battery manufacturers and other government agencies to develop prototype and final battery hardware. Technology transfer through CRADAs and other industrial collaborations is actively pursued.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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: *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 Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. : 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.

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