Postdoctoral Appointee - Degradation Mechanisms of Electrocatalysts and Electrochemical Energy Conversion Device Components

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7117225 (Ref:414532)

Posted: December 2, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking to hire a postdoctoral appointee.  The position is focused on understanding the degradation mechanisms of polymer electrolyte fuel cell and low-temperature water electrolyzer components: electrocatalysts (e.g., platinum-containing cathodes and iridium-containing anodes), membranes (inorganic fillers/radical scavengers), and metallic components of diffusion media and bipolar plates. 

The position involves coupling electrochemical experiments with highly-sensitive techniques, such as inductively-coupled mass spectrometry, for the on-line measurement of degradation products.  The position also involves developing new electrochemical cell designs and techniques for measuring dissolution rates of the species under different experimental conditions, such as elevated temperatures.

Position Requirements

  • Comprehensive knowledge of polymer electrolyte fuel cell and low-temperature water electrolyzer electrodes and electrocatalyst characterization

  • Extensive knowledge of aqueous electrochemical techniques

  • Experience in spectroscopy techniques is an asset

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a collaborative multi-institutional team are required

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork

  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering at the Ph.D. degree level with 0-3 years of experience or equivalent in the scientific application of this knowledge and practical laboratory experience

Job Family

Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile

Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type

Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type

Full time

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