Battery Materials Development - Academic Graduate Appointee

California, US
May 03, 2024
Posting live until
May 17, 2024

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$6,410.00 - $7,780.00 Monthly

This position is under a step structure. Please note that the step placement is determined by your most recent completed academic year.

Job Description

We have an opening for an Academic Graduate Appointee to participate in projects supporting a variety of Laboratory missions. As part of a multi-disciplinary team within the Materials Science Division, you will perform solution-based synthesis and coating of nanoparticles and characterize materials to create reference databases. You will actively support and be expected to participate in the design, synthesis, characterization, processing, and integration of materials with flexible electronics.

In this role you will:

  • Synthesize polymer and ceramic electrolytes.
  • Test solid electrolytes in solid state batteries.
  • Perform 3D printing of different materials.
  • Characterize nanoparticles and polymer films using a variety of microscopy techniques.
  • Keep an accurate and detailed laboratory notebook; generate, organize, and analyze experimental data; and participate in research planning. Prepare progress reports and presentations to supervisor/mentor and project teams.
  • Provide technical support to engineers and scientists in research and development projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • BS/MS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or in a related field.
  • Experience performing wide-ranging experiments in a chemistry laboratory setting.
  • Knowledge of general laboratory fundamentals and best practices.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to communicate technical information effectively with technicians, peers, and managers.
  • Experience operating PC and/or Macintosh computers to collect, analyze, and document scientific results.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work in a collaborative research environment and interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, technicians, and other technical and administrative staff.

Qualifications we desire:

  • Experience in general chemistry laboratory settings.
  • Experience in materials synthesis and characterization.
  • Experience with Python programming for data analysis.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a one-year Academic Graduate Appointee, open to those who have been awarded a degree at the time of the employment offer.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

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Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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