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Electrocatalytic Systems - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 08/23/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have openings for Electrocatalytic Systems Postdoctoral Researchers to conduct research on the development of efficient catalysts and integrated electrochemical systems for upgrading carbon dioxide, biomass, and other sustainable feedstocks. You will actively participate in a multidisciplinary team performing materials design, catalyst and system benchmarking, advanced characterization, and modeling and simulations. These positions are in the Materials for Energy and Climate Security group of the Materials Science Division.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct research in electrocatalyst design, synthesis, and testing, including characterizing the reaction kinetics, materials physicochemical properties, and performance degradation.
  • Develop systems for benchmarking catalysts and electrolyzers, and for in situ characterization of the dynamics of electrolyzer components and local reaction environments.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of experiments to establish design principles for catalysts and scale-up of electrolyzers.
  • Pursue independent but complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary and multi-institution team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Maintain laboratory protocols and best safety practices.
  • Document research; publish papers in peer-reviewed journals; and present results within the DOE community, at project team meetings, and at conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • This position requires either no security clearance, or a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level or Q-level clearance depending on the particular assignment.
  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field.
  • Hands on experience building, validating, and using electrochemistry infrastructure for the development of electrocatalytic systems.
  • Experience with electrocatalyst design and establishment of catalyst structure-property relationships.
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more key areas: electrolyzers or related electrochemical technologies, heterogeneous electrocatalysis, in situ characterization, advanced manufacturing, and/or materials synthesis.
  • Ability as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution.
  • Ability to develop and execute independent research projects as documented through a strong publication record of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills to allow effective collaboration in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills with desire and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with the chemistry, materials, and systems relevant to electrochemical carbon dioxide and biomass conversion.
  • Experience with conventional analytical techniques (NMR, GC, MS, HPLC, SEM, XPS, XRD, etc.) and synchrotron advanced characterization methods.
  • Experience with advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3-D printing.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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