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Postdoctoral Researcher- Thin Film Materials for Li-ion Battery Research
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. A postdoc position is available in the Materials Science Center, in the area of thin film synthesis and characterization of novel materials for application in next-generation Li-ion battery technologies

The position would support a collaborative project on solid-electrolyte interphases (SEI) of Si-based anode materials in Li-ion batteries. Specific duties would involve physical vapor deposition (e.g., magnetron sputtering, pulsed laser deposition) of thin films that can be used as model systems for such studies. The work would also include studying solid state components of the SEI, such as lithium silicate, lithium silicide, and other constituents, as well as developing artificial layers that can help understanding the SEIs. The job duties would also include maintaining existing experimental synthesis equipment and protocols, as well as setting up new characterization tools compatible with thin film sample studies.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.


Preferred Qualifications

Successful candidates should have prior experience in materials research for battery applications, solid understanding of the underlying electrochemical processes, and proven track record with electrochemical and spectroscopic characterization instruments. Other preferred skills include hands-on experience with thin film synthesis (sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, molecular beam epitaxy) and thin film characterization (chemical, structural, microscopic). Prior experience with automation of instruments and development of software would be a plus.

Required Knowledge Skills and Attributes


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