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Chemist Storage Postdoctoral Fellow (Energy Storage & Distributed Resources)

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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 10/18/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Doctoral Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Energy Storage & Distributed Resources Division has an opening for a Chemist Storage Postdoctoral Fellow. Realizing a sustainable energy future is one of the most important problems facing our society. Completely novel technologies based on fluids capable of capturing, retaining, and releasing energy and heat have broad applications in large-scale and affordable solar power, in waste heat recovery, in energy-efficient home heating and cooling, and in efficient heat transfer. However, current liquid storage solutions are too low in energy capacity or are too costly for large-scale deployment in these applications. Thus, new ideas and concepts are needed to break current barriers in energy storage. This position will be jointly supervised by Dr. Ravi Prasher ( and Dr. Anubhav Jain (

What You Will Do:


Contribute to a project that will explore novel chemical storage technologies guided by new principles for thermal storage as well as potential electrochemical storage.

Use simulation-based methods to evaluate the thermodynamic properties of novel liquid formulations for energy storage.

Explore new classes of reactions ideally suited for reversible energy storage through computation and simulation. A mix of methods will be used to predict completely new formulations of fluids.

Utilize high-throughput screening methods.

Apply data analysis techniques to better understand chemical structure-property relationships in the data sets.

Communicate the results in presentations and publications.

What Is Required:


Ph.D. in related field (ideally, chemistry or chemical engineering).

Demonstrated strong experience in organic chemistry.

Demonstrated strong experience in molecular DFT methods with strong publication history in this field.

Experience with molecular dynamics (e.g., LAMMPs) methods a plus.

High aptitude and desire for programming and building software infrastructure.

Experience with networking, Unix, and running/scaling at supercomputing centers.

Prior ability or desire to learn large scale data analysis / data mining.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience in object-oriented programming, preferably with Python.

Experience in database design and usage (SQL or noSQL).

Experience in working on collaborative programming (version control, unit testing, etc.).

Knowledge of chemical synthesis principles that can be used to guide simulation-based searches.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 7, 2016.



This is a 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 of years paid postdoctoral experience.

Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.

This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

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