Energy Conversion Postdoctoral Scholar (Chemical Sciences)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
December 12, 2017
Bay Area, California
Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Energy Conversion Postdoctoral Scholar. You will be apart of a Department of Energy (DOE) funded project on multiscale, reaction-diffusion modeling of solar-driven transformations in nanostructured condensed phases systems. These systems offer the potential for efficient and inexpensive conversion of sunlight to electricity and chemical energy. Of particular interest are natural or bio-inspired molecular systems such as dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), and dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis cells (DSPEC). Their operation involves multiphase couplings of excitation, charge flow and chemical reactions, which govern their solar energy conversion efficiency. This project seeks to develop models that describe the complete microscopic connection between these processes and measured photocurrents and product generation rates. The calculations will be used to gain insights to how system components work together from the nanometer to microns and the sub-picosecond to seconds scales, and potentially point to opportunities to improve their efficiency. The incumbent will develop the models, perform the calculations, and validate the results using experimental measurements from the literature or collaborators. Fully functional object-oriented codes using stochastic simulation techniques are in place for this work (Kinetiscope), however some additional code development may be required to capture all the relevant physics.
What You Will Do:
Design and document detailed reaction-diffusion kinetic models describing the processes of light absorption and molecular excitation, charge and molecular transport, and chemical reactions.
Perform the calculations, and validate the results using data from experimental measurements.
Work closely with other researchers performing measurements and potentially theoretical studies to ensure that the models are valid and predictive.
Work with the fully functional object-oriented codes that are in place, participate in some additional code development if required to capture all the relevant physics.
What is Required:
Ph.D. (within the past 3 years) in material or chemical science/engineering, with a strong background and interest in kinetics studies of chemical and physical transformations, and interdisciplinary research.
Expertise in the physical chemistry of condensed phase systems.
Experience with reaction-diffusion model development, preferably closely coupled to experimental studies.
Ability to work as an independent researcher with a high level of scientific judgment and initiative.
Participate in collaborations with theoretical and experimental groups.
Excellent teamwork, organizational and communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to prepare results for oral reports and for publication in archival journals.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with the state of the art in solar photoelectrochemical materials, and theoretical and experimental methods.
Experience in object-oriented programming for simulations.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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