Post-doctoral Materials Researcher for Textile Energy Conversion & Storage

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Materials Science
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REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department

Are you passionate about influencing the scientific direction of eTextiles and materials and process solutions for textile energy conversion and storage technologies and fiber-based applications?

 

Do you like contributing to creative solutions in a collaborative laboratory environment?

 

Would you love to work with a group of dedicated technical specialists on projects that are necessary to maintain our national security and have a dual purpose to benefit society?

 

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL!

 

The Multifunctional Materials & Nanostructures Group is seeking a post-doctoral materials researcher with a strong background in textile-based energy conversion and storage technologies.  The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in textile-based technologies including but not limited to solar-energy harvesting and electrical-energy storage textiles.  Due to the challenging nature of the technology area, we are looking for a candidate who understands the art of solving problems in materials, devices, and processes by being creative and exploratory.  The candidate is also expected to conduct experimental work on a daily basis in a collaborative laboratory environment.  The efforts are expected to solve our sponsor’s challenges, through defining compositions, architectures, and approaches for material systems to achieve targeted performance characteristics.  The successful candidate will require exceptional communication skills and the initiative and persistence to see their tasks to completion as well as motivation to publish their research for broader impact.  The position will support on-going research project(s) in textile-based energy conversion and storage and will be expected to contribute to new efforts in pursuing innovative research!

 

You will be joining a hardworking team of world-class engineers and scientists passionate about innovation, work ethics, and healthy collaboration.  Our team is committed to excellence in work and diversity. We strive to foster an environment of open communication and continuous improvement.

 

Your duties will include:

 

  • As a subject matter expert and a critical contributor in a collaborative laboratory environment where creative solutions are required for unconventional systems and applications, you will perform research and provide technical direction and insights to meet project objectives and build advanced prototypes.

 

  • You will provide technical insights by developing novel materials, coating processes, prototyping energy conversion/storage devices, and leading the characterization of materials and devices. 

 

  • You will coordinate detailed data analyses to verify performance and explain characterization/test results.

 

  • You will document and present technical work internally and externally, publish in high quality journals, and propose applications of technology to our government sponsors.

 

  • You will serve as an important interface between the technical team and project/program management and also be the interface for other departments or sectors across the laboratory seeking new textile solutions.

 

  • You will have the opportunity to propose your own research concepts and drive our strategy for the future.

 

  • You will need to be knowledgeable in this space, understand the challenges, speak the language, have connections, and be respected in the community.

 

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

 

  • Hold a PhD Degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline.

 

  • Have a solid understanding of materials science, thermodynamics, kinetics, phase transformation, materials synthesis/development, and solution-based thin-film coatings.

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  • Have 2+ years of active laboratory experience in fabricating and testing energy conversion and storage devices including but not limited to solar photovoltaic devices and Li-ion batteries.

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  • Have experience with materials characterization tools including but not limited to optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy, etc. 

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  • Have experience in exploring new materials solutions and processes beyond the generic approaches used in energy conversion and storage technologies.

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  • Are a team player and have excellent communication skills.

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  • Have a strong track record of success through innovative research and publication.

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  • Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings with sponsors and academic conferences.  

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  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Security clearance eligibility requires you to be a U.S. citizen.

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  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

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You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...

 

  • Experience with textile energy conversion and storage technologies.

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  • Experience with thin-film coating techniques on textile-based substrates including but not limited to electrolytic and vacuum-based process.

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  • Experience with developing new materials solutions for fibers.

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  • A solid understanding of electrochemistry and physics that govern solar energy conversion.

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  • Experience with battery research including pouch cell fabrication and electrochemical and battery testing (galvanostatic charge/discharge, cycle life, rate capability, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy etc.)

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Why work at APL?

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at
http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

 

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