Research Support [Epitaxial thin films for lithium-ion battery cathodes]

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - Menlo Park, CA4.2


The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, and a national research facility, has a temporary employment opportunity for Researcher with interests and experience in the application of epitaxial thin film deposition, including pulsed laser deposition, for energy storage materials and interfaces. Project initiatives at SSRL include energy storage interface sciences and next generation high voltage lithium-ion batteries. This position will conduct research in the area of preparation and characterization of pulsed laser deposited epitaxial thin films for operando and in situ battery characterization, in particular regarding cathode-electrolyte interfaces under oxidizing conditions.

Note: This is a non-benefits eligible casual-nonexempt position (work less than 50% full-time equivalent), not to exceed 980 hours in a calendar year. Applicants should include a short cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of three references for letters of recommendation with the application.


Education & Experience:
  • Ph.D. in Materials Sciences, or related fields.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with epitaxial thin film growth for lithium-ion batteries.
  • A background in materials characterization and extensive experience with the use, development, and/or maintenance of pulsed laser deposition system.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Carry out independent research.
  • Strong analytical and computation skills.
  • Strong conceptual and problem solving skills and the ability to synthesize complex technical and scientific information.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
SLAC Employee Competencies:
  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, team collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.
  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
  • May work extended or unusual work hours based on research and project requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,