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Hydride Evolution in Cladding Materials Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job Information Job Title: Hydride Evolution in Cladding Materials Postdoctoral Research Associate
Org: Software & Data Analytics
Work Location: Idaho Falls, ID (Town, Work Schedule - 9X80's)
Mission/Vision Statement Empowering the Nation's Energy Future Mission: Discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure. Vision: INL will change the world's energy future and secure our critical infrastructure.Responsibilities The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is seeking a well-qualified Postdoctoral Associate in materials science/engineering or chemical engineering or comparable discipline for the Process Science team within the Data and Software Sciences Department. You will focus on laboratory experiments to develop an electrochemical spectroscopic instrument for in-situ monitoring of changes in solid state chemistry driven by hydride formation and by corrosion. This position requires knowledge and experience on hydride formation/evolution and in electrochemistry and laboratory techniques on EIS, CV, RDE, RRDE, SOFC, SOEC, etc.; and knowledge of solid-state physics, oxide/hydride physics and chemistry, crystal structures, and density functional theory. You are expected to be proficiency on various materials fabrication and characterization methods, such as combustion method, ball-milling, tape-casting, and TEM, SEM, Raman. Familiarity with Python data analytics is a plus.

You are expected to be a strong asset to our interdisciplinary R&D team and work effectively both alone and as a team member. You must be self-motivated but also take direction from other team members and peers.

The position entails hands-on laboratory collection and interpretation of data, writing scientific manuscripts for journal publication, presentation of research results to internal and external audiences, at national and international conferences and meetings, and, as appropriate, proposing new research concepts and work with team members to write and submit proposals for new opportunities. You will also remain current with the literature in their technical domain.

Required Qualifications:

PhD requirements must be completed by commencement of appointment and within the previous 5 years

PhD in materials science/engineering or chemical engineering or comparable disciplines

Demonstrated oral and published written communication skills

Knowledge and experience on hydride formation/evolution

Knowledge and experience in laboratory electrochemistry techniques including electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), equivalent circuit model (ECM).

Desired Qualifications:

Prior hands-on experience in high temperature solid state electrochemistry tests, modeling and analysis (CV, LSV, EIS, chronometry, RDE, RRDE, SOFC, SOEC etc), especially related to hydride and oxide evolution of cladding materials.

Solid background on density functional theory, solid state physics, oxides physics and chemistry, crystal structures.

Proficiency on various materials fabrication and characterization methods, such as combustion method, ball-milling, tape-casting.

Familiarity with analytical chemistry/using techniques such as TEM, SEM, XRD, electron microscopy, chemical analyses.

Familiarity with data analytics is a plus (one or more of the following software packages – Python for Data Science, R, Tableau, SAS)

Selective Service Requirements To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). This includes U.S. born and naturalized citizens, parolees, undocumented immigrants, legal permanent residents, asylum seekers, refugees, and all males with visas of any kind which expired more than 30 days ago. The few individuals who are exempt from this requirement are those on current non-immigrant visas. For more information see

Employee Job Functions Employee Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job position which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards. Motor Abilities: Standing - prolonged; Bending/stooping; Squatting; Fine motor control (hands); Lifting ability - 25 lbs max; Exertion - minimal; Repetitive work - intermittent. Special Senses: Visually demanding work; Audio alarms; Ability to smell. Work Conditions: Stairs; Hazardous chemical/waste; Radiation work; Protective clothing; Typing/keyboard; >8 Hrs/day.
Please Apply Before: January 2, 2019 (Midnight MST) Environmental, Safety and Health Statement Must be familiar with, and comply with all relevant health and safety requirements. Must be knowledgeable of emergency action policies and procedures, methods for reporting/resolving work practices or conditions to available cognizant professionals.Other Information When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.INL Overview INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 4,300 scientists, researchers and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and develop technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.
The Idaho Falls Area Idaho Falls is conveniently situated near many national treasures such as Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, Jackson, WY, etc. For more information about the area, please visit and Employment Opportunity Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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