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Research Associate - Post Doc

Job ID 3423 Date posted 10/24/2022

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Organizational Overview

The mission of the Chemistry Division is to conduct basic and applied chemical research with an emphasis on new energy conversion pathways. Primary research subjects include catalysis and electrocatalysis for sustainable fuel synthesis and use, solar energy conversion to fuels, fundamental gas and condensed phase molecular dynamics, radiation chemistry, and advanced chemical separations for energy applications.

Position Description

The Chemistry Division has two openings for research associate position in electrocatalysis. The research focuses on water electrolysis. The successful candidate for position 1 will be working on synthesis, electrochemical evaluation, and characterization to elucidate active sites and catalyst stability. Position 2 will be devoted to theoretical studies, involving description of electrochemical environment, understanding of reaction mechanisms and active sites under reaction conditions, and catalyst optimization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide mechanistic understanding of the catalytic behaviors observed under reaction conditions.
  • Correlate the composition/structure with the activity/stability of catalysts.
  • Design and develop electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) at the cathode and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) at the anode.
  • Coordinate collaborative research with experimental or theoretical collaborators.
  • Prepare and write manuscripts for publications in scientific journals and present research results in scientific conferences and DOE program review meetings.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD degree in physics, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related fields.
  • Strong background and research experience (including the graduate research) in electrocatalysis.
  • Good English writing and oral skills for publications and presentations.
  • Position 1 - Hands-on experience in synthesis, testing and characterization of electrocatalysts.
  • Position 2 - Experience in applying electronic structure theory, Transition State Theory (TST), microkinetic modeling or Kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) methods in catalysis.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge in water electrolysis.
  • Position 1 - Synthesis with controlled composition and morphology, electrochemical evaluation and in-situ/operando characterization using synchrotron and neutron techniques.
  • Position 2 - Electronic structure simulation of complex electrocatalysts (metal/metal compound interfaces and nanostructures) at the solid/liquid interfaces, kinetic modeling of electrochemical performances under reaction conditions and machine-learning-based study catalyst design.


  • Initial 2-year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five 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 Account
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistant, Training and Professional Development Program
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 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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