Are you passionate about influencing the scientific direction of battery research?
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 maintaining our national security?
If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.
The Multifunctional Materials and Nanostructures Group is seeking a battery scientist, with a strong background in battery materials and cell engineering. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in technology development for rechargeable batteries, such as Li-ion and Zn-ion batteries, and is passionate about working in a collaborative laboratory environment. We are also looking for a candidate who understands the art of solving problems in materials and engineering. You will help define the technical strategy for the battery team, whose efforts are applied to solving the Government's challenges, through defining compositions, architectures, and approaches for material systems to achieve targeted performance characteristics. The successful candidate will require exceptional communication skills, initiative and patience to see their tasks to completion. As Battery Technical Lead, you will support on-going research projects in rechargeable batteries and will be expected to contribute to new efforts to pursue innovative research.
You will be joining a hardworking team of world-class engineers and scientists, who are passionate about innovation 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 technical lead and domain expert, you will lead a team of scientists and engineers by providing technical direction and insight to meet project objectives and build advanced prototypes for government agencies and sponsors.
- You will provide technical leadership to the battery team to: a) develop technical strategy for advancing battery materials and cells chemistries from concept to prototyping, b) investigate novel cell chemistries and designs and c), lead the characterization of materials, batteries, and battery systems through experimentation.
- 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 application of technology to our government sponsors.
- You will be the primary interface between the battery team and the project/program management and also the interface for other departments or sectors across the laboratory seeking new battery materials, devices, and systems.
- 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 electrochemistry and synthesis/characterization of materials.
- Have 10 years of active laboratory experience in fabricating and testing electrochemical cells and prototyping advanced batteries including Li-ion battery pouch cells.
- Have experience with battery electrode fabrication and relevant techniques including slurry preparation, coating, calendaring, etc.
- Have experience with battery testing techniques and data analysis (galvanostatic charge/discharge, cycle life, rate capability, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy etc.)
- Have experience with electrolyte characterization (e.g. electrochemical stability window, ionic conductivity, etc.)
- Are a team player and have excellent communication skills.
- Are willing and able to travel occasionally to attend meetings with sponsors and academic conferences.
- You 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. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
- Have 5 years of experience in performing milestone-driven battery R&D communicating with private customers or government sponsors.
- Have prior experience in a battery manufacturing environment.
- Have experience in 3D printing.
- Have experience in Zn-air batteries.
- Experience with active powder material synthesis and polymer electrolytes.
- Experience with materials characterization tools including but not limited to optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy, etc.
- Have a strong track record of innovative research and publication.
Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.