Solar Fuels Project Scientist

29 Nov 2016 3:35 PM | Kevin Redding (Administrator)

Solar Fuels Project Scientist - 83169
Organization: CH-Chemical Sciences

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Position Summary:
Berkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division ( has an opening for a Solar Fuels Project Scientist . This position provides technical and scientific leadership responsible for design, fabrication, characterization and testing of solar fuels devices. There are currently two relevant programs requiring this position, and it is expected that the incumbent will participate in both. One is at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, led by the California Institute of Technology and involving Berkeley Lab as a major partner. It was founded in 2010, and has been renewed through FY 2020 for $75 million over 5 years. It is a mission-driven, highly team oriented multidisciplinary Center with a fast-paced research program that relies on devices and test beds for validating new materials, and is currently working on solar reduction of CO2 to useful transportation fuels. The other is in HydroGEN, a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) established by EERE in 2016, which is focused on translational research to develop technologies for renewable sources of hydrogen from water splitting.  Led by NREL, the current core National Labs for the EMN are Lawrence Berkeley, NREL, Sandia, Idaho, Savannah River and Lawrence Livermore. You will be involved in all aspects of solar fuel device conceptualization, construction and testing, including device and chassis design and process design and optimization, development of fabrication techniques, and construction of experimental apparatuses and tooling for measurements.

What You Will Do:
• Lead and serve as technical expert in solar fuels device construction and testing.
• Conduct collaborative and independent research on solar fuel production and technology implementation strategies.
• Participate in multifunctional, multi-institutional technical teams in the solar fuels programs that apply engineering and scientific concepts and practices in areas such as design of experimental apparatuses and development of measurement methods.
• Lead efforts to investigate, create and develop new devices, methods and techniques for project advancement, and solve complex problems in creative and effective ways.
• Maintain comprehensive laboratory records documenting technical activities, standard operating procedures and processes of record.
• Provide leadership for maintaining and developing current capabilities and creating new ones for solar fuel device research.
• Prepare and write presentations and manuscripts for internal use and peer reviewed publications and national meeting presentations.
• Participate in and contribute to program reviews and planning workshops.
• Provide information and consultation in response to requests from outside JCAP and HydroGEN and Laboratory. 

What Is Required:
• Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or related field and minimum of 5 years professional experience.
• Demonstrated hands-on skills, knowledge and work experience in solar fuels device fabrication, development and testing.
• Experienced user (responsible for maintenance and user training) of specialized materials processing tools and analytical instruments in a multi-user environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to safe laboratory operations and experience in safety training and leadership.
• Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with ability to accomplish goals both in a leadership role and as a team member as the work requires.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with scientists, engineers, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates from multiple backgrounds.
• Proven ability to handle multiple projects and tasks in parallel and meet programmatic milestones and project timelines.
• Proven ability to supervise the activities of others.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related field and minimum of 5 years professional experience post-PhD relevant to the position.
• Publication record demonstrating technical depth and breadth commensurate with the requirements of the position.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.

• This is a full time, 1 year, term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment  based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
• Salary is commensurate with experience.
• This position is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
• Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

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