Liquid Metal/Molten Salt Battery Postdoctoral Research Associate at Battelle Energy Alliance in Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Position Description

The Power and Energy Systems Department within the Energy and Environment Science & Technology (EES&T) Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory is seeking a talented Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that is applicable to liquid metal/molten salt batteries that operate at temperature hotter than 400 degrees Celsius.

Candidates for this position should have expertise in at least one of the following focus areas:

  • Molten salts - Setting up and performing high temperature experiments with an excellent safety record

  • Electrochemical characterization - Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

  • Experience with hydrogen production - including experience of producing hydrogen using advanced high temperature electrolysis technologies.

The successful candidate will be expected to

* Perform design engineering and participate in physical tests using highly specialized equipment/instruments operated at low and high temperatures with flammable gases;

* Develop Multiphysics and possibly multiscale simulations involving heat, fluid, and electron transport

* Assist in performing qualification and operational tests for assigned instruments/equipment;

* Develop innovative ways to perform tasks/activities;

* Interact with Researchers to develop equipment/systems to accomplish research activities;

* Support maintenance activities for assigned equipment/instruments;

* Collect, assimilate, interpret and then report technical data via numerous media as required to meet programmatic goals;

* Act as a team member supporting and coordinating ongoing tasks;

* Participate in writing proposals, project costing, and business plan development;

* Interact with other technical personnel as well as mission support staff from other organizations;

* Contribute to the development of new capabilities and intellectual property;

* Perform tasks on an independent basis without excessive oversight.

EES&T's role and mission is to develop and advance clean, smart, and secure energy systems essential to national security, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. It embodies science and engineering functions that contribute enabling technologies for today's national energy portfolio. It also augments the country's technical ability to collaborate on and overcome critical energy and water challenges that already impact tomorrow's energy choices. This position supports and integrates actions, activities, projects, & initiatives of the EES&T Directorate's Integrated Mission Plan and other INL research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) efforts.



* The candidate must have doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field. The Ph.D. degree must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years.

* Demonstrated technical understanding, research collaborations, and professional recognition through an established publication or patents record in one or more of the topics listed in the position role.

* The candidate must have experience in operating laboratory equipment at high temperature.

* Expertise in Matlab/Simulink, Python, RT-LAB, Comsol, Abaqus, and/or RSCAD.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Environmental, Safety and Health Statement

Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.

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Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (IRC 9X80'sSchedule)

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:US-ID-Idaho Falls




:Energy & Environment Science & Technology (Bxxx)



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Job Posting

:Jun 9, 2021, 1:30:48 AM

Unposting Date

:Jul 10, 2021, 5:59:00 AM