Postdoctoral Appointee - Energy Storage Safety and Reliability
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7065968 (Ref #: 671740)
- Posting Date: Apr 30, 2020
Job DescriptionThis postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : We are seeking a dedicated and hardworking postdoctoral research scientist to support grid energy storage research and development focusing on the reliability, performance, and safety of energy storage systems appropriate to grid energy storage applications. The selected candidate will work on current topics of interest that include lithium ion and aqueous batteries, with analysis of commercial storage devices and R&D prototypes. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Facilitate and drive creative team research efforts with interdisciplinary staff and effectively work with the team to build presentation and publication activities in support of research efforts; + Support research activities associated with advancing the understanding around reliability and safety of energy storage systems; + Utilize problem solving and critical thinking needed to conduct this work, such as familiarity with test operations, data acquisition and instrument control, project planning, test management, and familiarity with environmental, health, safety, and security work planning and controls; + Use expertise in materials characterization, and electrochemistry; + Plan, conduct, and execute science and engineering programs within the spectrum of fundamental research, development, and demonstration.
+ PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a closely related field; + Strong academic record and relevant dissertation project with associated publications exhibiting relevant experience and effective teaming skills.
+ Familiarity or experience with battery materials and energy storage systems alongside theoretical and practical understanding of electrochemistry as it relates to batteries; + Background in analytical techniques and materials characterization; + Laboratory focus and willingness to spend the majority of the workday in a laboratory environment; + Familiarity with data acquisition and control of instrumentation for monitoring electrical, thermal, and mechanical variables; + Ability to work in a team environment and support efforts to meet testing schedules; + Experience coordinating the efforts of a group of technicians and/or students; + Verbal and written communication skills, including reporting of technical results in both written and presentation form; + Dedication to laboratory safety and experience in the application of engineered safety controls in mitigating or eliminating safety hazards
The Energy Storage Technology and Systems Department manages several activities for the DOE Energy Storage Program with a focus on the development of advanced energy storage technologies and systems. This encompasses development of low-cost battery technologies, improving the safety and reliability of energy storage systems, development of lower cost power electronics and power conversion systems, and development of computational and analytical tools for efficient utilization of energy storage in the electricity infrastructure. The department works closely with several other Sandia groups in Materials Science, Power Sources, Power Systems, Renewable and Grid Systems, and Advanced Modeling. We have active partnerships and collaborations with other national laboratories and a number of universities. We also work closely with electric power utilities and other industry partners on a range of projects, including demonstration of new energy storage technologies in the grid infrastructure. The employee in this position will also be working closely with the Advanced Power Sources Research and Development Department, particularly the battery safety research and abuse testing laboratories. These state-of-the-art DOE core facilities help us understand battery failures and validate engineering efforts to produce abuse tolerant systems for defense applications, consumer applications (EVs), and grid energy storage.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov *These benefits vary by job classification.
Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.