The John S. Newman Early Career Scientist

The John S. Newman Early Career Scientist


The Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDR) at LBNL has created the John S. Newman Early Career Scientist position to support exceptional early career researchers who demonstrate leadership and strong research capabilities aimed at improving energy storage technologies. The successful candidate will be appointed to a Research Scientist term position (entry level) within ESDR. See below for eligibility requirements, appointment term and application cycle and required application materials.

Guiding Principles

The John S. Newman Early Career Scientist recognizes the contributions of Professor John S. Newman to the advancement of battery research on a global scale.  It also acknowledges the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their support of pioneering, innovative research.

John S. Newman is a University of California professor, renowned battery researcher, and developer of “The Newman Method” -- a sophisticated approach to mathematically analyzing complex electrochemical problems. He clarified the physicochemical laws that govern the behavior of electrochemical systems and demonstrated how to use these laws to correctly formulate and solve problems associated with batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and related technologies. He is regarded, along with Charles Tobias, as the father of modern electrochemical engineering.

He is the author or co-author of more than 390 technical publications, has given numerous plenary and invited lectures, and is the author of the book Electrochemical Systems, which has been translated into Japanese and Russian. Prof. Newman has received many awards including the Olin Palladium medal, the Victoria de Nora medal, and the Acheson medal of the Electrochemical Society, was an Onsager Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 2002 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1999.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) of DOE-EERE funds novel fundamental and applied research in battery technologies in the areas of Applied Battery Research, Next-Generation Lithium Ion Batteries, Fast-Charging and Beyond Lithium Ion technologies. The mission of EERE is to create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. Its vision is a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy of entrepreneurship, and creating local solutions with global considerations.

How to Submit Your Application

  • All application materials should be submitted through the posting listed on the LBNL Careers Portal.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than midnight (PST) on March 8, 2021 for full consideration.

 Required Application Materials

  • Curriculum vitae - Including three references’ names who are familiar with the candidate's capabilities and research.
  • Cover letter - Should briefly describing candidate’s background and experience as it relates to the research proposed, their career to date, and their long-range career goals.
  • Research proposal  - Guidelines: in a maximum of 3 pages (12-pt, Times New Roman), describe the significance and impact of the proposed research and advantages of conducting this work. Consider the alignment of the proposed research with the research mission and goals of Berkeley Lab and of the Beyond Lithium Ion research area in the field of energy storage.
  • Summary of Ph.D. thesis (1 page)
  • Diversity in Energy Storage Research Statement - Guidelines: based upon their field of research, applicants are encouraged to address contributions which show a demonstrated commitment to related issues affecting minorities or underserved communities.
  • Letters of recommendation  - At least 3 references from those familiar with your work, 2 references need to be external to UC Berkeley/LBNL.)

Eligibility to Apply

  • Early career - All applicants must have received a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field, and have less than five years of relevant experience beyond the highest customary degree in his or her field. Where the applicant’s research career has been interrupted by military service, dates of military service will not be counted against the five year requirement.
  • ESDR research mentor -  A suitable mentor will be identified for the successful applicant from the Principal Investigators of the Energy Storage group in ESDR.
  • Time commitment - The selected candidate must make a full-time, on-site commitment to the ESDR research program through the term of the appointment.

Candidate Selection Criteria

  • Technical quality of the proposal:
    • Quality of proposed science and potential for high impact.
    • Complementary research goals with the existing battery research program at LBNL.
  • The extent to which the proposal champions scientific solutions for energy storage for vehicular applications.
  • Outstanding personal qualities of the candidate: leadership, academic excellence, communication skills, presentation skills, publications.

Funding and Salary

  • Starting salary and benefits - Starting salary is commensurate with high minimum to mid-range point on the published Scientist and Engineer Salary Ranges for a Research Scientist for relevant fiscal year. Full benefits package will be offered, as determined by the Human Resources Department.
  • Supplemental support - A supplemental research allowance of up to $10,000 per year for professional development activities plus $25,000 per year for supplies will be provided.

Appointment Term and Application Cycle

  • Annual call for applications - The application cycle typically begins in October each year. Applications are due by midnight (PST) on January 12, 2019.
  • Start date - Start date is generally spring of the year following the application process; summer start dates may be accommodated, pending completion of requirements and funding availability.
  • 1 year appointment, renewable - The appointment is for a one-year term, renewable to a maximum of two additional years (total 3 year appointment) based on performance and availability of funding.

Please direct any questions to [email protected]