Cornell University, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Position ID:Cornell-ChemE-POSTDOC1 [#26509, WDR-00041312]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate Position in Professor Vibha Kalra's Research Group at Cornell University
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Appl Deadline:none (posted 2023/11/17, updated 2023/11/06)
Position Description:    

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Prof. Vibha Kalra’s research group at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) is seeking applicants for two postdoctoral associate positions on “Next Generation Batteries”. The project(s) will involve material development for next generation batteries, advanced electrochemical, spectroscopic, and microscopic characterizations (including in-situ/in-operando) and battery recycling. An ideal candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: solid electrolytes, in-situ/in-operando characterizations, metal anodes, electrode-electrolyte interfaces, high voltage cathodes, and battery recycling. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to actively participate in a collaborative environment, design independent, hypothesis-driven research projects, successfully carry out the proposed research, and disseminate their findings via peer-reviewed papers and conference presentations.


Additional Information about Kalra lab and Cornell University


We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment for all lab members. We are a collaborative lab and routinely work with faculty and scientists in universities, national labs, and industry. Our lab is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment on material fabrication and development, electrochemical characterization, battery assembly and testing (coin and pouch cell-level), and in-situ/in-operando vibrational spectroscopic characterizations. Additionally, Cornell University is home to world class characterization facilities and a synchrotron on campus for advanced post-mortem and in-operando characterizations


** Please note Kalra lab is currently in the process of moving from Drexel University to Cornell University (effective January 2024). You can learn more about our group’s research here;; and



·         Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or related field.

·         Strong background in batteries.

·         Experience with different characterization techniques. In-operando characterization experience is a plus

·         Proven record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

·         Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment.


Postdoctoral $56,484 -$80,000 annually


How to Apply


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible, and current Ph.D. students who are nearing graduation are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a single PDF that includes: 1) a cover letter highlighting their experience and future interests, 2) CV, and 3) contact information for three references to Prof. Vibha Kalra at Please use the following subject line for the email “Postdoc Application for Next Generation Batteries” A competitive salary as well as a generous benefits package will be offered.


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Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
email address
(607) 255-6331
120 Olin Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853