Postdoctoral Researcher – Electrochemistry

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7146711 (Ref:415934)

Posted: May 24, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies division is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to join a multidisciplinary team developing high-temperature electrochemical separations processes in molten salt electrolytes, primarily for recovery of nuclear and rare earth materials.


As a part of this team, you will:

  • Apply electrochemical engineering principles to develop processes such as oxide reduction and electrorefining at engineering- scale to support industrialization.

  • Develop and test new materials and cell configurations.

  • Perform innovative experiments and electroanalytical measurements (cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, polarization tests, etc.) to advance the technical understanding of molten salt chemistry.

  • Assess and improve process efficiency, monitoring, and product quality and recovery.

  • Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, and Laboratory management through status updates, technical research reports, project presentations, and other regular channels.

  • Develop technical ideas and proposals to advance the understanding of molten salt electrochemistry.

Position Requirements

  • Skill in devising and performing experiments to acquire data, using and maintaining research equipment, compiling, evaluating, and reporting test results.

  • Experience in electrochemistry or electrochemical engineering.

  • Knowledge of fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics.

  • Experience with molten salt systems, actinide chemistry, or materials science is desired, but not mandatory.

  • Experience working safely with hazardous materials in engineering controls such as gloveboxes or hoods is desired, but not mandatory.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

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

  • U.S. citizenship is required for this position.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, or related field at the PhD degree level with zero to three 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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