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Postdoctoral Position:
Atomistic Modeling of Materials for Li-air Batteries
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Posted July 2, 2010

A postdoctoral position in the area of atomistic modeling of materials for Li-air batteries is available immediately in the group of Prof. Don Siegel at the University of Michigan. The project will involve application of atomistic and/or electronic structure methods to model the morphology, thermodynamics, and kinetics of Li-air battery materials, and to screen for new cathode catalyst compositions with potential to exhibit improved performance.

The project is a collaboration between UM and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Computational modeling at UM will be coordinated with experiments performed in the groups of Profs. Zi-feng Ma and Xianxia Yuan in the Chemical Engineering Department at SJTU. To ensure tight coupling of the computational and experimental efforts, at least one trip to Shanghai is anticipated each year.

Experience with simulation methods such as Density Functional Theory or semi-empirical molecular dynamics is required. A background in materials chemistry, electrochemistry, transition state theory, or catalysis/surface science is preferred, but not required. Applicants should be willing to work closely with experimentalists at SJTU and to participate in the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students.

The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, a quintessential college town that is routinely ranked amongst the country’s best places to live:
http://away.com/features/top-ten-college-towns.html
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-coolest-college-towns/9

The appointment term is initially for one year, but may be extended for at least one additional year upon mutual consent. To apply, please forward a CV and contact information for 3 references via email to the address below. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/Affirmative Action Employer.

Prof. Don Siegel
Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, and Phoenix Memorial Energy Institute
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133
djsiege@umich.edu
www.umich.edu/~djsiege
734-764-4808

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