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Argonne National Laboratory Assistant Scientist in Lemont, Illinois

Assistant Scientist

Requisition Number: 407124 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development Division: MSD-Materials Science Division

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

Level (Grade): RD2 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

We invite you to apply for an Assistant Scientist position within our Materials Science Division (MSD).

In this role you will:

  • Initiate, direct and execute chemistry efforts and strategies in research and/or development to identify the relationship between chemical and physical properties.
  • Conduct studies of inorganic and/or organic substances.
  • Examine, synthesize and classify new and existing materials to determine their properties and characteristics for the development or improvement of new or existing products.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories in chemistry.
  • Conceive, organize, promote, and execute ideas and plans to increase chemistry's role in and contribution to the Laboratory's mission and chemical approaches to meet exploratory objectives.
  • Develop research proposals to provide a technically and economically sound basis for developing and evaluating new or improved processes and analytical and physical testing techniques.
  • Provide chemical process analysis of larger processes or systems. (Includes researchers in the traditional areas of chemistry, e.g., organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and analytic chemistry, as well as process chemistry, and geochemistry. Does not include environmental studies of hazardous materials.)

Basic Purpose:

The research projects aim at discovery of new materials for energy storage systems such as Li-ion, Li-air, Li-S, redox-flow, Na-ion, Pb-acid and Solid-Solid batteries. Experimental work involves synthesis and crystal growth of various materials in the form of single crystals, thin films and nanoparticles, including wide range of characterizations by ultra-high vacuum techniques, vibrational and x-ray spectroscopies, electron microscopy, high-precision electrochemical and custom built analytical tools (RDE-ICP/MS, RDE-GC/MS, DEMS, electrochemical FTIR and Raman, etc).

We expect you to have:

  • Primary major in electrochemical synthesis, crystal growth and characterization for solid-state bulk materials such as complex metaloxides and intermetallic alloys.
  • A strong experimental and theoretical background in solid-state physics, crystallography, electrochemistry, transport property measurements, electron microscopy, electrochemistry for energy storage systems.
  • Experience with chemical, physical and electrochemical syntheses by wet chemical methods, thin film fabrication by magneton sputtering and pulse laser deposition, including targeted electrochemical syntheses.
  • A strong experimental and theoretical background in crystallography, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and charge transport phenomena through the solid-solid and solid-liquid electrified interfaces. Data processing skills.

Note: Nanoscience, thin film deposition, and organic or bio-related areas are not in consideration for this position.

This position will involve a considerable amount of experimental laboratory work. The candidate should have track record of working at the synchrotron, as the actual work will also include a variety of in-situ X-ray techniques. The candidate is expected to demonstrate innovative thinking, independent work and ability to conduct research in a highly interdisciplinary environment of chemists, physicists and material scientists. Strong writing and presentation skills are essential in order to compete for funding, and present work at the conferences. The candidate should have hands-on experience and strong publication record in electrochemical energy storage systems, including successful funding portfolio.

This is an Assistant Scientist position in the role of Principal Investigator, which will be evaluated for progression into a Staff Scientist after maximum of five years.

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