Posted by Tish on 11/09 at 02:59 PM
Postdoctoral position – Solid-state hydrogen storage
Sandia Job Opening # 651090
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The Energy Nanomaterials Department is a research organization specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and national security applications. Projects and capabilities in the department’s research portfolio include nanoporous materials (such as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and porous inorganic materials); materials for energy and hydrogen storage; thermoelectrics; and nanoscale materials characterization tools (including extensive electron microscopy, single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, porosimetry, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation instrumentation).
The Post-Doctoral Appointee Program is designed to recruit outstanding Ph.D. applicants to assist a line organization in meeting its mission objectives and to provide a professional technical work environment for the employee. The Ph.D. must have been conferred within one to five years prior to employment. These assignments are for a one-year period, with the option at management’s discretion to serve no more than five additional one-year assignments.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to develop solutions for solid-state hydrogen storage through a combination of modeling, synthesis and advanced characterization tools. The main project aim is to provide a detailed mechanistic understanding of the fundamental processes and phenomena governing hydrogen uptake and release in metal hydrides and sorbents. A central theme in this effort is the rational design of new materials by changing the chemical composition, the arrangement of the atoms or molecules in crystalline or amorphous configurations, and the size, shape, and orientation of nanoparticles, films, crystals or other nano- or macroscopic units. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and is expected to play a major role in synthesizing new hydrogen storage media, as well as advancing the structural and in-situ characterization of these materials using state-of-the-art X-ray, neutron, and ion-scattering techniques.
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Requires a recent doctorate in chemistry, materials science or related field with a strong emphasis on synthesis of bulk and/or nanoscale inorganic materials. The candidate must have direct, hands-on experience with handling air-sensitive compounds, be versed in Schlenk line and glove-box techniques, and standard analytical techniques (spectroscopy, diffraction, etc.). Strong written and oral communication skills are required. Candidates with a demonstrated record of high technical achievement (e.g. as evidenced by publication record) and the ability to conduct creative, independent research will be given preference.
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
- Advanced characterization techniques, such as neutron methods, soft X-ray techniques, small-angle X-ray scattering, XPS, TEM, solid-state NMR, PCT/Sieverts, mass-spectroscopy;
- Solid-state and wet-chemistry nanoscale materials synthesis.
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