[Neutron] Postdoctoral Fellow in Battery Technology: Advanced Characterization

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen Kenneth.knudsen at ife.no
Fri Feb 19 16:30:42 CET 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow in Battery Technology: Advanced Characterization, IFE
The position is a postdoc of 2.5 years connected to the project "Silicon product control for better Li-ion batteries", a new research project financed by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims to produce nanostructured silicon material, and understand how the material acts on the micro- and nanoscales during charging and discharging of the Li-ion battery. The project will make use of advanced material characterization methods based on x-ray and neutron scattering. Experiments, including particle synthesis, electrochemical testing and characterization will be done in IFE's designated laboratories at Kjeller. Advanced characterization of particles and battery components will be performed both at IFE's own neutron scattering facility (the Jeep II reactor) and at international neutron sources and/or synchrotrons.

IFE is an independent research foundation based in Norway at Kjeller and in Halden. We are in the forefront internationally in several fields within renewable energy, petroleum, nuclear technology and nuclear medicine.  IFE develops new solutions for the industry and public sector in over 30 countries. IFE is host to the international OECD Halden Project. We are about 600 employees and the annual turnover is about NOK 1 billion. Read more about IFE at www.ife.no/en<http://www.ife.no/en>

Job description
Participation in the production of silicon nanoparticles and characterization of the produced material; Participation in the preparation and testing of silicon-based Li-ion battery electrodes; Analysis of electrochemical test results and finding the relation to the results about changes in microstructure; Characterization of slurry and electrodes; Development of new methods to characterize the silicon-based anode in-situ during charging and discharging of the battery; Use of advanced experimental techniques based on x-ray and neutron scattering; Presentation of research in professional fora, conferences and peer-reviewed journals.

PhD in physics, chemistry or material technology. Experience with experimental work within several of these areas: Li-ion batteries, Use of large experimental facilities (synchrotrons and neutron sources), Electrochemistry, Nanoparticles, Production and use of silicon, Material technology.

Personal qualities
Self-driven and solution oriented, Systematic and organized, Good communication skills and willingness to share and collaborate.

We can offer
2.5-year contract; A central role in a knowledgeable research group that aims to be the best within use of silicon in future battery technology; Synergy with several related research projects at IFE; Working in an industrially relevant and research intensive environment with focus on innovation; An open, informal and positive workplace with positive and skilful colleagues; Competitive salary according to agreement; Social benefits including pension, life insurance and accident insurance.

To apply
On-line applications only. Go to http://www.ife.no/en/rekruttering-en.
Please include (i) a written application, (ii) a curriculum vitae with list of publications and professional activities, (iii) copies of certificates/transcripts in English or Norwegian, (iv) the names and email addresses of 3-5 references. Closing date for applications is: March 7,  2016

For more information regarding the position, please contact
Trygve T. Mongstad or Kenneth D. Knudsen
Email: Trygve.Mongstad at ife.no  / Kenneth.knudsen at ife.no

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