Materials Project Scientist (Energy Conversion Group)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA

Berkeley Lab’s Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) is looking for a Materials Project Scientist to join the Energy Conversion Group (ECG)!


In this role, you will conduct materials and systems diagnostics of electrochemical systems (including, fuel-cells, electrolyzers and flow batteries). This includes structure-property characterization of polymeric materials and solid-electrolyte separators, thin-film fabrication and deposition relevant to complex interfaces and electrodes, mechanical characterization of solid-state materials and components, as well as the characterization of polymeric and ionic systems and their interfaces. You will use a suite of imaging, scattering spectroscopic, and electrochemical methods as well as develop new stages or necessary customizations for in-situ and operando capabilities. Research will be conducted in collaboration with industrial and academic partners, and as such will be fast-paced and goal-driven, with the possibility of high visibility and commercialization of successfully developed technology. 


What You Will Do:

  • Design, develop, fabricate and characterize materials, interfaces and their assemblies for electrochemical energy conversion systems.
  • Review literature and identify opportunities to apply state-of-the-art polymer-electrolyte containing technologies and research.
  • Partner with existing and potential funding sponsors, program managers, and technical colleagues at DOE and with industrial research partners.
  • Assist in the preparation and delivery of written and oral reports for existing programs. 
  • Prepare publications, reports, and conference presentations. 
  • Attend workshops, conferences, and project meetings.
  • Lead the development and installation of new or custom experimental capabilities, including modification of existing or new equipment for multi-modal and/or in-situ/operando measurements.
  • Participate in research activities on structure-function characterization of solid-state conductors and cell testing.
  • Maintain laboratory operations, including equipment purchasing, troubleshooting and maintenance, design/fabrication of testing platforms, and training of new or early career staff members.
  • Serve as safety lead for one or more lab spaces with regular onsite presence.
  • Develop new experimental methods, resolve existing instrument issues, and train other group members on safe operation of experimental instruments.


What is Required:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent training/knowledge) in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a related field with a focus on polymer electrolytes and a minimum of 4 years of research experience in polymer-electrolyte fuel cells, electrolyzers, or flow batteries.
  • Hands-on experience working with thin-film fabrication, electrochemical techniques (e.g., impedance), mechanical and chemical characterization techniques, spectroscopy tools (e.g., ellipsometry, FT-IR), and x-ray scattering (e.g., SAXS, WAXS).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop innovative approaches for multi-modal instrumentation and in-situ/operando material characterization tools.
  • Experience in safety management.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills including the ability to develop experimental plans, organize, and interpret scientific data with attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work independently and within a team environment.


What We Prefer:

  • Advanced Degree (or equivalent training/knowledge) in Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a related field with a focus on polymer electrolytes.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as a research lead on fast-paced government and industry funded projects.
  • Knowledge of transport phenomena and polymers.
  • Ability to assemble and test fuel-cell and flow battery systems and perform diagnostics tests.


For full consideration, please apply by January 31, 2022 with the following application materials:

  • Cover Letter - Describe your interest in this position, the relevance of your background.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume including list of publications.



  • This is a full time, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year (benefits eligible) Term appointment with the possibility of renewal or extension for up to a maximum of 5 years total based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be performed onsite at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.


The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR ) works on developing advanced batteries and fuel cells for transportation and stationary energy storage, grid-connected technologies for a cleaner, more reliable, resilient, and cost-effective future, and demand-responsive and distributed energy technologies for a dynamic electric grid. Of importance, the energy conversion group (ECG ) is a key leader in using fundamental science to solve applied problems related to electrochemical energy conversion. 


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