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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Research Scientist 1 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Research Scientist 1

  • Job Number: 23731

  • Functional Area: Research - Engineering

  • Department: Research Laboratory of Electronics

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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    Job Description

RESEARCH SCIENTIST 1, Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), to join Professor Yang Shao-Horn’s research group ( on a project modeling kinetics for electrochemical reactions and diffusion of ion (cation and anion) in different phases of electrolytes ranging from liquids to polymers and ceramics and breaking down into its main comprising steps. At each step, a specific electronic, structural, physical, or chemical mechanism can dominate its success rate and will be thoroughly modeled and computationally identified throughout the project. Will lead efforts to either perform the calculations/analyses or initiate collaborations with team members/outside collaborations. Will determine the energetics of different steps with fidelity, determine the concentration defects and carriers in different phases of electrolyte, investigate the rate of kinetics and diffusion, devise new theoretical models based on existing principles and natural physical laws that describe the underlying relation between the experimental measurements and computational predictions and fingerprints, and connect the atomistic simulations to macroscopic (mostly experimentally determined) properties.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, or other relevant field; two years’ experience with nano- and macro-scale thermophysical simulations; strong working knowledge of nano-micro simulations (molecular dynamics, density functional theory), statistical thermodynamics (entropy evaluation) and defect chemistry,, solid-state physics, materials thermodynamics, and macro thermophysical calculations; ability to perform independent research at the interface of thermodynamics, defect chemistry, molecular local environments, and thermophysics; experience developing and assessing new formulas/theories; ability to work with experimentalist to guide experiments and interpret measurements, collaborate with multiple research groups, and contribute to cross-functional development of new theoretical models and continuous improvement; and strong communication, organizational, and planning skills. Job #23731May be required to work nights and weekends.This is a twelve-month position with a possibility of renewal based on the availability of funding.2/14/24