Rice University Postdoctoral Associate in Houston, Texas

Position Information
Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory for Soft Matter Engineering Laboratory directed by Professor Lisa Biswal, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. The position will involve a comprehensive experimental study on the use of lithium ion battery materials. In particular, cathodes and anodes will be synthesized to operate under a wide range of conditions and assembled into rechargeable batteries. The fellow will be responsible for writing research papers, assisting with research proposals, supervising and mentoring students, and helping with laboratory supervision.

Education Required

PhD or other Doctoral Degree

Concentration / Degree Type

Chemical engineering, electrochemistry, microbiology or closely related fields.

Education Preferred


Experience Required

6 months

Type of Experience
  • Previous experience with lithium ion battery materials.
Experience Preferred
  • Previous experience with NMC cathodes.
Skills Required
  • Knowledge of anodes and cathode materials for lithium ion batteries

  • Battery assembly techniques

  • Electrochemical expertise with lithium ion batteries

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize deadlines.

  • Ability to meet target-oriented, quantitative milestones.

  • Ability to write clear, concise reports, and communicate findings.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Skills Preferred


Physical Demands

Ability to work standing at the laboratory bench for extended periods. Ability to walk between campus buildings and navigate stairs.

Working Conditions

Essential functions require storage and handling of hazardous materials and chemicals. Must be able to handle laboratory tools and equipment. May work occasional long hours involving nights/weekends.

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Job Duty Name

Laboratory Research

Description of Job Duty
  • Conducts independent experimental studies involving the design and engineering of advanced lithium ion batteries.
Percentage of Time


Job Duty Name

Administrative and scholarly writing

Description of Job Duty
  • Plan and write research reports, proposals, and scholarly submissions related to research conducted in the laboratory.
Percentage of Time


Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate

Department: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time

Requisition Number: P17035w

Open Date: 10/05/2016

Benefits Eligible: Yes