Chemical Engineer - Grid Energy Storage

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.


The Energy Processes & Materials Group within the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is currently seeking research and development engineers in the field of grid energy storage. This position is for a Chemical engineer, Mechanic engineer, System engineer, Materials scientist, Chemist, and Electrochemist in a related field of study with experience in developing electrochemical energy storage technology and systems for stationary energy storage. The focus of this position will be on the system level that includes stack design, assembly, testing, system engineering, modeling. Experience in computational and data-driven modeling is needed for techno-economic and use case analysis under practical grid applications. The project work encompasses aqueous and nonaqueous electrolytes analysis, electrodes and bipolar plates study, cationic and anionic membranes, subsequent flow battery device fabrication, system integration, electrochemical testing, performance validation, accelerated test, degradation analysis, and related market analysis.


The successful candidate will be responsible for developing redox flow battery models capable of integrating material properties, device design features, performance prediction, and cost analysis in coordination with the R&D scientist, engineer team, and project manager. They will also prepare manuscripts for publication, present their work internally and externally at national/international conferences, and develop new ideas for funded research.


Minimum Qualifications:

+ BS/BA with 5 years of experience

+ MS/MA with 3 years of experience

+ PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Must possess a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Mechanic Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or other related fields. Prior experience developing novel energy storage systems and technologies or energy conversion materials and devices, including electrode/electrolyte/membrane materials development, electrochemical characterization and analysis, and system integration, are preferred. Experience with stack and system design, modeling, assembly and testing of the redox flow batteries/PEM fuel cells > 5kW is a plus. Expertise in techno-economic and market analysis is recommended. The successful candidate must have demonstrated technical aptitude in a laboratory environment, including electrochemical testing and characterization techniques, experimental setup, operation, and data analysis, as well as a demonstrated ability in technical communication. Good written and oral communication skills and an ability to collaborate effectively in a teaming environment are required.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

No hazardous working conditions / environment are anticipated for this position.

Additional Information

Not Applicable

Testing Designated Position

No hazardous working conditions / environment are anticipated for this position.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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Job Posting: JC202575719

Posted On: Jan 22, 2022

Updated On: Feb 05, 2022