Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7062737 (Ref:407452)

Posted: December 11, 2019

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE). 

The project is an interdisciplinary position with the focus on electrolytes – syntheses, characterization and the understanding of the basic phenomena in its bulk solution and on the interface with potential purturbation. The work includes synthesis and characterization of electrolytes (organic and organometallic compounds), interacting with other groups, and evaluating bulk, electrochemical and interfacial properties using techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and FTIR to understand the mechanisms.

Under the guidance of a supervisor, you will:

  • Conduct research in solvation and speciation in multivalent electrolytes.
  • Design, synthesize, and characterize multivalent electrolyte systems – new salts and solvents.
  • Conduct electrochemical/chemical/physical characterization (NMR, Raman, FTIR) of these systems towards energy storage applications.
  • Design and carry out new experimental procedures for understanding of the electrolyte systems.
  • Analyze data, prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Attend and make presentations at scientific meetings; and prepare reports, presentations, and papers for group meetings.

We expect you to have:

  • Knowledge of and experimental expertise in organometallic chemistry and electrochemistry.
  • Extensive knowledge of electrolytes in energy storage materials.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to keep abreast of pertinent scientific literature.
  • Experience with Schlenk techniques and glove boxes.
  • Experience with standard electroanalytical techniques (CV, galvanostatic charging/discharging with MACCOR) and a range of characterization instruments (NMR, SEM, TEM, FTIR and Raman) would be an asset.
  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in organometallic chemistry or materials sciences at the Ph.D. degree level with 0 to 3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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