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Argonne National Laboratory Postdoctoral Appointee - R & D Electrolyte Solvents and Additives for Lithium Batteries (Term) in Lemont, Illinois

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral appointee who will conduct (under the guidance of a supervisor) fundamental research in the development of electrolyte solvents and additives for lithium batteries. The research will be focused on the realization of new electrolyte system for the stable cycling of various high voltage cathodes. The candidate will plan and conduct research on materials characterization including electrochemical evaluation and structural characterization. Mechanistic study on the working and degradation process will also be carried out.

Position Requirements

  • Considerable experience in organic synthesis, possess good problem-solving skills based on thorough understanding of synthetic methods and reaction mechanisms

  • Considerable knowledge in organic chemistry, possess high-level understanding of molecular electronic structure properties and structure-function relationships

  • Considerable skill in the purification and characterization of organic compounds

  • Considerable knowledge in using various analytical techniques such as FTIR, GC-MS, NMR etc . in elucidating the solution chemistry of electrolyte

  • Knowledge in lithium batteries and experience in electrochemical cell characterization are plus.

  • Considerable experience in preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications, presenting papers at scientific meetings, and constructing reports and presentations to meet the sponsor reporting requirements

  • A successful candidate must have the ability to model Argonne‚Äôs Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

  • Experience in organic synthesis

  • Hands-on experience with purification and characterization of organic compounds

  • Familiar with various analytical techniques such as FTIR, GC-MS, NMR

  • Understanding of statistical analysis and experimental design

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to simplify complexity

  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemistry, materials science, engineering, or a related field 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

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Postdoctoral Family

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Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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