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

  • Applications must be submitted no later than midnight (PDT) on May 7, 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 describe the 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 at Berkeley Lab. 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.

Eligibility to Apply

  • Early career - All applicants must either have, at a minimum, a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field, and have less than five years of relevant experience beyond the highest customary degree in his or her field, or have an equivalent combination of education and experience. An Advanced Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field, is preferred. Where the applicant's research career has been interrupted, for example, by military service, dates of military service will not be counted against the five-year requirement.
  • Time commitment - The selected candidate must make a full-time commitment to the ESDR research program through the term of the appointment.

Research Mentor

  • A suitable mentor will be identified for the successful applicant from one of the Principal Investigators of ESDR whose experience and area of research aligns with the goals of the successful candidate's proposal.

Funding and Salary

  • Starting salary and benefits - Starting salary is commensurate with experience. Full benefits package will be offered, as determined by the Human Resources Department. For more information on salary benefits please go to the Berkeley Lab Recruiting website.
  • 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

  • Applications are due by midnight (PDT) on May 7, 2021.
  • Start date - Appointments are anticipated to start in the late spring or early summer of 2021.
  • 1 year Career Track (Term) appointment, renewable to a maximum of two additional years (total 3 year appointment) based on performance and availability of funding, and with the possibility of conversion to career appointment, based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.

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