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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Emerging and Solid-State Batteries
Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Date Posted 10/21/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Requisition Id 6821 


We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to advance science and technology in the areas of electrochemical energy storage including battery recycling among other battery R&D duties.  Selection will be based on qualifications, relevant experience, technical skills, and education. The chosen candidate is expected to develop and execute research projects on battery recycling and cathode materials synthesis and characterization.


Candidates should have demonstrated record of technical accomplishments in 1) in battery materials; 2) materials processing, recycling, and manufacturing; and 3) cell design development, characterization, and performance evaluation. Prior experience with lithium-ion battery recycling using metallurgical processes is highly desired. These research areas are aligned with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Vehicle Technologies and other DOE programs.


This position is in the Electrification and Energy Infrastructure Division, and research will primarily be conducted at ORNL’s Grid Research, Integration & Deployment Facility (GRID). The successful candidate will collaborate with staff across ORNL and will be expected to communicate at conferences and project review meetings and interface with scientists at other national labs, industry, and universities.


Major Duties / Responsibilities:

  • Research and develop advanced battery recycling technologies.
  • Carry out works on the synthesis of novel battery materials.
  • Conduct works on the characterization of materials and interfaces.
  • Exploit new opportunities and/or expand existing efforts.
  • Advance the reputation and standing of the group through establishing collaborations, professional society leadership and involvement.
  • Write, develop, and review technical products such as proposals, publications, and artifacts to ensure high quality and consistency with ORNL standards.
  • Ensure safe, collegial, and collaborative workplace.

    Basic Qualifications:

    • A Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Electrochemistry, or an equivalent degree with work experience in Electrochemical Energy Storage.
    • A record of excellence in battery research and development as evidenced through peer-reviewed journal articles and/or issued patents.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
    • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


    Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.


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    Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


    Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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    This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

    We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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    ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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