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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molten Salts: Electrochemistry, Corrosion, Structure and Function

Job ID 1419 Date posted 01/03/2019


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This position is part of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) on Molten Salts in Extreme Environments (MSEE) at BNL. The scientific mission of MSEE is to provide fundamental, atomic-level understanding of bulk and interfacial molten salts, and the effects of molten salt exposure on metallic interfaces. MSEE aims to measure and predict the local and intermediate-range interactions and the structure and dynamics of molten salts in the bulk and at interfaces. At the MSEE Center, we are developing in-situ synchrotron, electrochemical and electron microscopy techniques to understand interfacial and corrosion processes in molten salt systems. X-ray measurements will be integrated with modeling approaches: i) to provide fundamental new information on surface ordering and dynamics of MS; and ii) to understand and predict non-equilibrium, metastable states formed during the reactions at interfaces.



The post-doctoral research associate will be responsible for electrochemical, corrosion, and electron microscopy studies at molten salt (MS)/metal interfaces. They will also participate in collaborative research using synchrotron beamlines and will take a lead role in MS sample handling, electrochemical cell design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, fabricate and utilize hardware for electrochemical experiments and in- situ electrochemical synchrotron and microscopy experiments.
  • Perform synchrotron experiments (x-ray diffraction, reflectivity and spectroscopy) on molten salt systems with and without actinides
  • Participate in translating the experimental results into new scientific knowledge through the use advanced data analysis techniques
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Develop and maintain safe practices and working conditions



Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, material science or a related field
  • Experience with electrochemistry, corrosion, materials characterization, experiment and/or hardware design
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills in experimental science
  • Self-motivation and ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in synchrotron techniques (x-ray diffraction, reflectivity, spectroscopy or imaging)
  • Experience in hardware design for electrochemical experiments
  • Experience in handling radioactive material

Other Information

  • Occasional travel
  • Occasional shift and weekend work for supporting x-ray data collection
  • Must be willing to handle small quantities of radioactive material

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.


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  •  Medical Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor

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