Postdoctoral Appointee – Molten Salt Chemistry and Characterization

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, USA

Job posting number: #7187425 (Ref:416682)

Posted: October 18, 2023

Job Description

The Postdoctoral Appointee will be part of a multidisciplinary team conducting R&D work related to the chemistry and electrochemistry of molten salts used for electrometallurgy, chemical processing, nuclear, and solar power applications.

With guidance, the appointee will:

  • Design and build experiment apparatuses to enable in situ electrochemical tests with high temperature molten salts.

  • Perform experiments to characterize the structure of molten salts using various techniques including high energy X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Raman, etc.

  • Perform experiments to understand and quantify reaction pathways and kinetics for molten salt chemical systems.

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

  • Develop technical ideas and proposals to advance the application of molten salts to chemical and electrochemical processes.

Position Requirements

To be considered, the candidate will be expected to have the following skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics through past publications or presentations is required.

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

  • Knowledge of general principles and technologies associated with chemical and material processing is required.

  • Experience in electrochemistry or electrochemical engineering is desired.

  • Experience with high-temperature molten salt systems, actinide chemistry, or materials science is desired.

  • Experience with synchrotron X-ray experiments is desired, but not mandatory.

  • Experience working safely with hazardous materials using engineering controls such as gloveboxes is desired.

  • Knowledge of the use of computers to design and control experiments and to analyze and interpret experimental data is required.

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

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

  • To perform the essential functions of this position successful applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship, which is required to comply with federal regulations and contract.

This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, nuclear engineering, 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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Job posting number:#7187425 (Ref:416682)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
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