Argonne National Laboratory Assistant Materials Scientist in Lemont, Illinois

Assistant Materials Scientist

Requisition Number: 405029 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development Division: CSE-Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): RD2 and ex situi>electrochemical experiments and evaluations to understand materials and behavior of electrochemical cells and electrode interfacial chemistry/electrochemistry. + Conduct studies to understand battery performance, life, and durability to cycling and abuse studies. Catalogues data, prepares reports, and presents research to sponsors; and contributes to progress reports and makes oral presentations at program/project reviews. + Supervise student or technician support assigned to her/his research projects, ensuring that ESH/QA policies are followed. + Develop and maintains laboratory equipment and facilities.

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As an Assistant Materials Scientist with the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division (CSE), you will participate in goal-oriented research in the Materials Research Development Program. You will also:

  • Contribute to the development of electrochemical devices in materials selection, experimental designs, and methods.
  • Use this knowledge to develop and evaluate novel oxides and composites tailored to specific applications, such as lithium-ion batteries.
  • Develop techniques to evaluate these materials and to examine the interactions of these materials under cell environments.
  • Provide an understanding of the mechanisms of operation and possible methods for improvements of advanced electrochemical cells, including advanced batteries, by using advanced characterizations, electrochemical diagnostics, interface characterizations, and modeling.
  • Conduct battery assembly, testing, and cycling measurement analysis.Plans and conducts experiments to identify, characterize, develop, and evaluate advanced materials and processes for electrochemical devices.
  • Conduct in situi>and ex situi>electrochemical experiments and evaluations to understand materials and behavior of electrochemical cells and electrode interfacial chemistry/electrochemistry.
  • Conduct studies to understand battery performance, life, and durability to cycling and abuse studies. Catalogues data, prepares reports, and presents research to sponsors; and contributes to progress reports and makes oral presentations at program/project reviews.
  • Supervise student or technician support assigned to her/his research projects, ensuring that ESH/QA policies are followed.
  • Develop and maintains laboratory equipment and facilities.

Position Requirements:

  • Considerable knowledge of safe laboratory practices.
  • Considerable knowledge in the development of materials; oxides, ceramics, glasses, and composites; and interactions of these materials with each other, surface reactions, and reactions under various conditions with specific interest in the area of electrochemical devices, such as lithium-ion batteries.
  • Considerable knowledge of the physical and chemical principles underlying materials properties, phase equilibria, room-temperature solid-state chemistry, thermodynamics, and the experimental techniques and methodologies associated with these areas.
  • Considerable skill in different synthetic techniques used to produce battery materials and compounds.
  • Considerable skill in conducting physical analysis of battery materials, electrodes, and electrolytes.
  • Skillful in building batteries, testing batteries, and conducting analysis of cell performance.
  • Considerable skill in interpreting and assessing the results of the experimenter's own work and that of others in experiments.
  • Considerable oral and written communication skills.
  • Considerable interpersonal skills.
  • Good knowledge and good skill and understanding to provide novel solutions to electrochemical issues from other areas of materials research, oxides, composites, and electrochemical interfaces.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemistry, materials science, or engineering or a related field at the Ph.D. degree level with 3 to 7 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience.

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