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Postdoctoral Res Assoc.

Job ID 2636 Date posted 05/12/2021

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Organizational Overview

The Surface Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis (SEE) group (https://www.bnl.gov/chemistry/see/) in the Chemistry Division (https://www.bnl.gov/chemistry/) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is a leader in fundamental and applied research on nanostructured electrocatalysts to address clean energy challenges by improving performance and lowering costs of fuel cells and electrolyzers. The BNL SEE group is a member of the DOE Million Miles Fuel Cell Trucks (M2FCT) Consortium (https://sites.google.com/a/lbl.gov/m2fct1/) in which BNL develops durable electrocatalysts/supports with low-platinum-group-metal (low-PGM) content for fuel cells for heavy-duty applications with a focus on long-haul trucks.  The group is also developing high-efficiency Pt-based electrocatalysts for high-temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells. Other efforts pursue efficient performance of multifunctional non-PGM catalysts for alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers, as well as a fundamental understanding of descriptors for electrocatalytic performance enhancement.

Position Description

The SEE group has an opening for a post-doctoral Research Associate (RA) with a one-year contract. The RA will be responsible for development of electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolyzers, including nanomaterials synthesis and electrochemical performance characterization including cyclic voltammograms and polarization curve measurements.  The RA will also characterize the nanocatalysts using conventional techniques such as scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, and other methods. They will also participate in research using in situ synchrotron-based characterization using electrochemical cells at NSLS-II. This position will include efforts as part of the M2FCT project as well as R&D on electrocatalysts for high temperature PEM fuel cells.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, synthesize, and characterize nano-structured low-PGM and non-PGM electrocatalysts
  • Perform synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and diffraction experiments on nanocatalysts with home-made electrochemical cells
  • Participate in translating the experimental results into new scientific knowledge through the use advanced data analysis techniques
  • Manuscript preparation

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, or a closely related field
  • Experience with electrochemistry/electrocatalysis, nanomaterials synthesis, and electrochemical performance characterization
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques including XRD and EDX
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills in experimental science
  • Self-motivated and ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS)
  • Experience with S/TEM, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), or IR spectroscopy
  • Experience in hardware design for materials synthesis and/or electrochemical experiments
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

Other Information

  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)
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