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Postdoctoral Research Associate Materials Science

Job ID 2555 Date posted 03/21/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Organizational Overview

The Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate houses world leading experts and instrumentation on material characterization. 

Position Description

The post-doctoral research position would be part of a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center, the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties where Brookhaven National Laboratory is a participating institution.  The research effort is a multi-institutional multi-disciplinary research initiative providing opportunity for deep insight and active collaboration.  The goal of the Center is to investigate materials and mechanisms associated with electrochemical energy storage systems, batteries.   This is a dynamic and exciting field with opportunity for significant impact of the research results. 

The essential duties and responsibilities are to conduct detailed characterization of structural/chemical properties and their correlation to the electrochemical performance of the active electrode materials synthesized by the Center.  Examples of the samples could be metal oxides with carbon positioned between the layers, and metal oxides with polymer either on the surface or between the layers.  Various scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) methods, including aberration corrected atomic imaging, electron diffraction, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), in situ microscopy will be used for the characterization.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct research using advanced microscopy based characterization: scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM) methods, including aberration corrected atomic imaging, electron diffraction, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), in situ microscopy will be used for the characterization.

  • Prepare research based manuscripts for publication
  • Participate in the meetings related to the EFRC


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Materials Chemistry or closely related fields.
  • Background in quantitative electron microscopy/diffraction and crystallography.
  • Experience with structural characterization using aberration-corrected S/TEM-EELS.
  • Experience on TEM sample preparation.
  • Effective communication skills, verbally and through writing.
  • Background in crystallography and solid-state physics
  •  Demonstrated ability of characterizing beam-sensitive materials using low dose methods
  • Experience in electrochemical tests of battery materials
  • Experience in in situ S/TEM for probing ionic transport in batteries or other electrochemical systems
  •  Ability to perform quantitative spectroscopic analysis using monochromated EELS or other advanced spectroscopy techniques 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (one or more of the following):

  • Extensive background in crystallography and solid-state physics
  • Demonstrated ability of characterizing beam-sensitive materials using low dose methods
  • Experience in electrochemical tests of battery materials
  • Experience in in situ S/TEM for probing ionic transport in batteries or other electrochemical systems
  • Ability to perform quantitative spectroscopic analysis using monochromated EELS or other advanced spectroscopy techniques

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
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • 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)

Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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