Postdoctoral Appointee - Solid Polymer Electrolyte Research

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7088781 (Ref:ANL-411840)

Posted: November 10, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

CSE Division at Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral appointee to conduct research on solid polymer electrolyte for next-generation solid-state batteries.

The research will be focused on design and synthesis new polymer materials as solid electrolytes and correlation of polymer structure with its electrochemical performance including ionic conductivity, Li+ transference number, electrochemical window and cycle life and calendar life of NMC/solid electrolyte/Li cells.  The research will also focus on solving the stability issue at electrolyte/electrode interface by designing new polymer with functional groups. The research goal is to develop solid batteries with exceptional high energy density and safety.

Position Requirements

  • Design and conduct organic synthesis and polymer synthesis experiments to develop new organic/polymeric compounds as new electrolyte solvents and with desired physical and electrochemical properties.

  • Skills in organic/polymer synthesis, purification and chemical analysis by NMR, FTIR, Raman, GC-MS.

  • Research experiences in lithium-ion battery or other electrochemical energy storage systems and efficiency in electrochemical analysis including cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical floating test, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and lithium-ion battery testing.

  • Track of record of scientific achievements in published papers, patents, manuscript submission, and presentation at academic conferences. 

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to solve problems of scientific and technological interest.

  • This level of knowledge is typically achieved through a formal education in organic chemistry or polymer chemistry at the Ph.D.-degree level with 0 to 3 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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