Materials Scientist - Battery Materials

Materials Scientist - Battery Materials

Company: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Location: 902 Battelle Boulevard, Richland, WA 99354

Job Description:

Our expert staff provide multi-disciplinary solutions to complex energy and environmental issues. Key capabilities include science (chemical and mechanical). We employ a systems perspective that includes, discovery technology development and scale-up as well as economic, regulatory, and market acceptance issues necessary for successful technology commercialization. EP&MD focuses on three mission contributions: Clean Fossil Energy, Electricity Infrastructure, & Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.
  • Research Associates excluded.
**Once eligibility requirements are met.

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The Battery Materials and Systems Group within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking a materials scientist for materials systems and characterization for energy storage technologies. This position is for a materials scientist, chemist, chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, systems engineer, or electrochemist with experience in materials design, synthesis, and characterization. The focus of this position will be to investigate fundamental material science aspects of nucleation, crystallization, growth, and synthesis in advanced energy storage materials using advanced characterization tools such as AFM, Raman, FTIR, and XRD. Experience in the synthesis of heterostructured materials by wet chemical and other methods is required.

Project work will include the development of novel materials for various energy storage technologies, including aqueous and non-aqueous electrode and electrolyte materials, advanced material characterization to inform material design strategy, electrochemical testing, performance validation, accelerated testing, and material degradation analysis. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing novel materials and material systems for performance enhancement of various battery chemistries, performing advanced characterization to understand material structure, phase, interphase, and property relationships, and performing integrated material property testing and performance evaluation in coordination with other R&D scientists, engineering team, and project manager. You will also prepare manuscripts for publication, present your work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for funded research.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BS/BA and 5+ years of relevant work experience -OR-
  • MS/MA and 3+ years of relevant work experience -OR-
  • PhD with 1+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates will possess a doctoral degree in Materials Science, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Prior training and hands-on experience in materials synthesis and various material characterization techniques is a must.
  • A strong track record of publications in relevant fields would be advantageous.
  • Experience in successfully handling proposal activities for DOE grant applications, including concept development, partnership formation, and proposal writing, is preferred.
  • Experience in leading projects, either as the principal investigator or in key roles such as thrust lead or task lead, is strongly preferred.
  • The successful candidate must have demonstrated technical aptitude in a laboratory environment, including electrochemical testing and characterization techniques, experimental setup, operation, and data analysis, as well as a demonstrated ability in technical communication.
  • Good written and oral communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively in a teaming environment.
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment:
Not Applicable.
Additional Information:
Not Applicable.
Testing Designated Position (TDP):
Not a Testing Designated Position.
About PNNL:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.
Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity:
Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at
Drug Free Workplace:
PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.
HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement:
In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Job Type: Full-time

Company Description: Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems. More specifically, at PNNL we: - Provide the facilities, unique scientific equipment, and world-renowned scientists and engineers to strengthen U.S. scientific foundations through fundamental research and innovation. - Prevent and counter acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. - Increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil through research of hydrogen and biomass-based fuels. - Reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment.

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