Research AssociateJob ID 1451 Date posted 10/12/2018
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The postdoc position is funded through one of the recently renewed DOE Energy Research Frontier Centers, the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties (m2M) led by Professor Esther Takeuchi who has a joint appointment at Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.The work will be conducted in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division at BNL and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials. The position will provide an exceptional opportunity for world-class research in state-of-the-art energy storage materials as well as at the forefront of electron microscopy to understand structure-property correlation.Close collaborations with the Center members on materials synthesis, property measurements and theoretical calculations are expected.
The essential duties and responsibilities are to characterize microstructure, chemical composition, electronic structure of battery 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 electron microscopy methods, including atomic imaging, quantitative electron diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, in-situ microscopy will be used for the characterization.
- Requires a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Materials Chemistry or closely related fields.
- Solid background in electron microscopy and structural characterization, in particular, atomically resolved scanning transmission electron microscopy including aberration correlated electron microscopy, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy.
- Experience on sample preparation.
- Effective communication skills.
Preferred knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Experience on characterization of soft materials using cryo-electron microscopy and low dose methods to minimize radiation damage.
- In-situ microscopy to study ionic transport via electric biasing and monochromated electron energy-loss spectroscopy.
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