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In this page you can find the latest job openings in the neutron centres worldwide as well as direct links to the institutions' job webpages. We collect many of the posts from the neutron mailing list. If there is a vacancy in your facility, don't hesitate to send us the call at . You may use the template provided below.

18. July 2018 - European Spallation Source ERIC
Software Developer and Materials Scientist for data analysis and modelling
Software Developer and Materials Scientist for data analysis and modelling
18. July 2018 - European Spallation Source ERIC
Software Developer and Materials Scientist for data analysis and modelling
Software Developer and Materials Scientist for data analysis and modelling
Employer
European Spallation Source ERIC
Location

Copenhagen, Denmark

Introduction

The Data Analysis & Modelling Group at the European Spallation Source ERIC invites applications for Scientific Software Developer in the Scientific Directorate at the Data Management and Software Centre in Copenhagen.

Description of Institution

The European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) is currently under construction in Lund, Sweden, and will become the most powerful neutron source in the world once in full operation. ESS will run a user programme that will serve thousands of materials scientists per year, who will make use of the unique properties of neutrons to investigate structural and dynamic properties of materials ranging from atomic to macroscopic scale.

The Data Analysis and Modelling (DAM) group of ESS is located in Copenhagen, Denmark at the ESS Data Management and Software Centre in the Science Directorate. The DAM group is in charge of providing support and software for data analysis and modelling for all the beamlines at ESS. It currently has eight members with a mixed background in areas such as scientific computing and software development, (computational) chemistry and physics, molecular biology and hard condensed matter. The group engages in international open source software and research projects, particularly with other European neutron sources, but also with photon sources and universities, all with the aim of increasing the scientific impact of the ESS user programme. The group is planned to grow to about 20 members in the next few years and in the future will support users of ESS with analysis and modelling associated with their experiments, as well as developing software and further developing the field.

The group’s preferred programming languages (and that of the field) are Python and C++ with graphical user interfaces developed in the Qt framework. The group has over the last few years successfully adapted a collaborative agile development methodology with some freedom for the individual to specialize in specific domains and perform research on their own in areas of interest for ESS. In this context, all group members are expected to contribute to the further development of the group and its capacities along with development of their own individual skills.

Job description

What ESS can offer

At ESS we offer people with talent and passion a unique opportunity to be involved in the development and building of a world leading facility for materials research. Besides attractive employment and relocation conditions, the flexibility to balance work life with private life and good opportunities to further enhance your skills, you will also enjoy being part of an organizational culture that promotes and supports internal career growth. We pride ourselves in having successful collaboration across different functions, and as the facility continues to grow we will keep nurturing the international and vibrant environment welcoming people from all across the world.

Duration & Location

The positions are permanent with three months initial probationary period. Your work place will be situated in Copenhagen, Denmark. The positions are to be filled as soon as possible.

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We are currently looking into expanding our group with a new member, who is a skilled software developer and have a solid background in materials science (biochemistry, chemistry, physics, engineering, or similar at minimum PhD level) and who can contribute to the success of the group. Ideally, the person has experience with distributed software projects using Python, C++, and Qt, best practice software development, and experimental work at photon or neutron sources including data analysis. However, many different backgrounds can be envisioned for this position.

Experience of working in an international environment is essential. Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite; knowledge of other European languages would be an advantage

Our work environment is characterized by fast growth, fast pace of work, and an international atmosphere with highly skilled personnel. You must therefore enjoy the diversity of such an environment and have a personality suited for the challenges it presents. Our work environment is exciting and forward thinking and relies heavily on personal initiative.

How to Apply

Please provide your curriculum vitae and cover letter in English by clicking “apply” on the bottom of the original job posting page and following the instructions. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website or ESS intranet. Internal candidates are encouraged to apply through the intranet.

ESS will start to review applications on August 1, 2018, but it will be possible to apply until the positions are filled.

For further information regarding the open position, please contact recruiter, .

For further information regarding the open positions, please contact Section Leader for the Data Analysis & Modelling Group, .

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16. July 2018 - University of Tennessee
Postdoctoral position for neutron imaging sensor development
Postdoctoral position for neutron imaging sensor development
16. July 2018 - University of Tennessee
Postdoctoral position for neutron imaging sensor development
Postdoctoral position for neutron imaging sensor development
Employer
University of Tennessee
Location

Knoxville-Oak Ridge area

Introduction

There is an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee (https://ne.utk.edu) to support a new, three-year grant from the Department of Energy. The research project will focus on the design, construction, and implementation of the next generation neutron imaging sensor for radiography, tomography, and energy resonance imaging. The specialization for this position is on front-end circuit design and implementation with an emphasis on large channel systems (i.e., FPGA programming), ideally in the area of radiation detection system development. Further, the successful candidate will benefit from a background in the following areas: understanding of semiconductor-based electronic systems; analog and digital pulse processing; statistical analysis of radiation-induced electrical signals and data acquired with radiation detection pulse processing systems; and/or concepts and challenges related to high spatiotemporal resolution imaging. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively in order to perform research in a collaborative environment. Other desirable skills include familiarity with radiation detector materials development, semiconductor processing, and advanced computational methods (e.g., electrodynamic, radiation transport, and/or machine learning).

Job description

Activities of this position will include individual research, managing the short-term objectives and tasks of externally funded research, and mentoring a team of undergraduate and graduate student researchers. Travel to various DOE neutron user facilities is required to test the developed neutron imaging sensors. The successful candidate is expected to conduct original research and disseminate results via peer-reviewed journal publications and conference presentations. The candidate may also help with proposal writing and teaching classes, so this experience will be good preparation for a tenure track position.

Knoxville, a vibrant and growing city, is nestled at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Knoxville was recently rated the “best place in the U.S. for new college graduates to live and work” by the ERI Economic Research Institute, a compensation research firm specializing in salary survey and cost-of-living studies. This comes on the heels of Knoxville’s “ninth hottest area of the country to do business” ranking and a five-star rating for quality of life.

The Knoxville-Oak Ridge area is a national powerhouse in nuclear science and engineering research and industry. The partnership between UT and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the nation’s largest science and energy national laboratory, is especially significant. Faculty members and student and staff researchers often work on joint programs with ORNL, sometimes in part time residence at ORNL. The local area is also the home to 100+ nuclear-related companies.

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Candidates must possess a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering, physics, materials science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or a related field.

How to Apply

Candidates may apply by submitting a statement of interest, CV, and three professional references to Dr. Eric Lukosi at . More information on Dr. Lukosi’s research activities is available at http://web.utk.edu/~elukosi/.

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16. July 2018 - Science and Technology Facilities Council
Post-doctoral Research Associate in neutron scattering software development
Post-doctoral Research Associate in neutron scattering software development
16. July 2018 - Science and Technology Facilities Council
Post-doctoral Research Associate in neutron scattering software development
Post-doctoral Research Associate in neutron scattering software development
Employer
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Location

Didcot, UK

Introduction

The Excitations Group is seeking to appoint a scientist with both neutron scattering experience and experience of writing data analysis programs, to join a major project to improve and accelerate the analysis software in the Group. The project, christened PACE (Proper Analysis of Coherent Excitations), involves implementing analysis and modelling codes on distributed computing, and both simplifying and improving workflows by creating interfaces between experimental data, analysis and modelling codes. The project involves the programming effort of scientists from within the Excitations Group and from the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.

Description of Institution

ISIS is a world leading facility for condensed matter research using neutron scattering and muon spectroscopy, with a strong scientific user programme and extensive international links. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from fundamental physics and chemistry investigations, through materials science to soft matter, biology and materials engineering.

The Excitations & Polarised Neutron Group at ISIS operates four world-class inelastic neutron spectrometers for investigations of the dynamics of materials covering timescales from the femto-second to the nano-second range. Materials studied include quantum and low-dimensional magnetic materials, unconventional superconductors, molecular magnets, and thermoelectrics. The instrumentation is backed up by leading data analysis software.

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Job description

You will join the Excitations Group as part of the PACE team to develop and experimentally verify models for the instrumental resolution functions and to develop algorithms for convoluting the resolution function with third party models for the scattering function of magnetic and lattice dynamics. You will participate in neutron experiments and perform data analysis. There will be the opportunity to conduct an independent scientific programme that utilises the large-scale computing methods to analyse neutron scattering data as part of the prototyping work for the project.

The duties of the position

  • to extend the current resolution function models to account for the latest instrumentation and upgrades to instrumentation
  • develop and implement new methods to convolute the resolution function with existing modelling codes and verify against experimental data
  • to work with software engineers in the PACE team to integrate the algorithms into the parallel and distributed computing framework to be developed as part of PACE
  • participate in neutron spectroscopy experiments and analyse the data from spectroscopy experiments that will help develop the aforementioned models and methods
  • conduct an active research programme in neutron spectroscopy.

Contacts and Communication

This post is within the Excitations and Polarized Neutron Group, led by Dr Russell Ewings – the post holder will report directly to ProfToby Perring, who is responsible for the PACE project. You will work closely with other members of the Group and with the STFC Scientific Computing Department.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

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Shortlisting Criteria

Essential

  • educated to PhD level (or equivalent) in one of the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, material science, earth science, etc.)
  • research experience in either lattice dynamics, magnetic dynamics, phase transitions, crystallography, molecular spectroscopy or disordered materials
  • skill in programming in either Matlab or Python
  • post-doctoral experience in a relevant research environment (extensive for Band E level) – or early stage (recent PhD completion) researchers considered (Band D level)
  • ability to work both as part of a team and with a high degree of autonomy
  • excellent written communication skills.

Desirable

  • skill in programming in languages other than Python and/or Matlab
  • experience of writing data analysis software (extensive for Band E level, some experience for Band D)
  • good publication record
  • good organisational and project management skills.

Interview Criteria

Essential

  • experience of neutron or x-ray scattering experiments (several years relevant postdoctoral experience for Band E level, recent PhD for Band D level)
  • good problem solving abilities
  • excellent oral, presentational and interpersonal communication skills
  • high degree of responsibility, commitment and reliability.

Special Requirements

  • there may be a requirement to work out-of-hours and at weekends
  • ability and willingness to work in a radiation area and with radioactive materials
  • the post requires you to climb/descend ladders and access confined or awkward spaces
  • ability to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas (mainly Europe).

Desirable

  • experience in elastic neutron scattering (extensive, including time-of-flight methods, for Band E level; some for band D level)
  • experience of or willingness to learn, the use of McStas to simulate neutron instruments
  • experience of modern software craftsmanship practices (version control, unit and system testing, automatic documentation generation etc.) (extensive well-evidenced experience for Band E level or experience and knowledge of best-practice for Band D level)
  • ability and drive to pursue an independent research programme.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV (including full publication list), ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 23rd July 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy will be 13th -17th August 2018.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the IRC reference number IRC245333 when calling.

Deadline
23. July 2018
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16. July 2018 - University of Illinois
Postdoc and GRA Positions in Physics and Chemistry of Liquids at UIUC
Postdoc and GRA Positions in Physics and Chemistry of Liquids at UIUC
16. July 2018 - University of Illinois
Postdoc and GRA Positions in Physics and Chemistry of Liquids at UIUC
Postdoc and GRA Positions in Physics and Chemistry of Liquids at UIUC
Employer
University of Illinois
Location

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Introduction

Motivated and ambitious postdoctoral researchers and graduate research assistants (GRA) are invited to join Prof. Yang Zhang’s research group in the area of Physics and Chemistry of Liquids under Extreme/Interfacial/Non-equilibrium Conditions at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Description of Institution

The research of our group focuses on the physics and chemistry of liquids, especially under extreme/interfacial/non-equilibrium conditions. We synergistically combine and push the boundaries of accelerated atomistic simulation methods that are based on statistical and quantum mechanical theories and neutron and X-ray scattering experiments. By studying a variety of liquids and liquid-like systems, the goal is to unravel the emergent principles that govern a much wider range of long timescale phenomena and rare events.

Job description

Immediately, we have one postdoc and several GRA positions to work on the following projects. Outstanding postdoc candidates can be considered for the Beckman fellowships.

  1. [postdoc] Study of the emergent properties (solvation, transport, kinetically-trapped structures) of liquids at interfaces, especially in redox flow battery environment, using neutron and X-ray scattering experiments and first-principle and accelerated atomistic simulations.
  2. [GRA] Study of the collective excitations in liquids (metallic, water, ionic) and liquid-like matter, at and away from equilibrium, using neutron scattering experiments, kinetic theory, and atomistic simulations.
  3. [GRA] Development of accelerated atomistic simulation and rare event sampling methods (with applications to long timescale phenomena such as supercooled liquids and glass transition, nucleation and crystal growth, molecular self-assembly, materials aging and degradation, etc.).
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The experiments are usually performed at the neutron and synchrotron user facilities at national laboratories around the world. Solid background in theories and programming are essential. Physics, Chemistry, and EECS majors are preferred, but other majors are also welcome.

How to Apply

For more information, please contact (with a CV, and contact information of two references (for postdoc position)):

Yang Zhang, Associate Professor

Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email:
Web: http://zhang.engineering.illinois.edu

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06. July 2018 - University of Cologne
Ph. D. Position in Research on Magnetic Nanoparticles
Ph. D. Position in Research on Magnetic Nanoparticles
06. July 2018 - University of Cologne
Ph. D. Position in Research on Magnetic Nanoparticles
Ph. D. Position in Research on Magnetic Nanoparticles
Employer
University of Cologne
Location

Cologne, Germany

Description of Institution

With approximately 50,000 students, the University of Cologne is one of the largest universities in Germany and ranks among the Excellence Universities. It employs over 600 professors and 7,000 academic and non-academic staff.

The research activities of the Physical Chemistry Institute are located at the boundary between chemistry, physics, and materials science, and are concerned with the relationship between molecular/nanoscale structure and the resulting physical properties of functional materials.

The research group of Dr. Sabrina Disch has a focus on the magnetic properties of nanoparticles and self-organized nanostructures using neutron scattering techniques as a principal characterization tool.

Job description

Your tasks

  • participate in and conduct a research project investigating the magnetization distribution and dynamics in multi-component magnetic nanoparticles
  • active participation in research communication (seminars, conferences, publications in international journals) and the academic training of students
  • the project requires a significant amount of travel to external research facilities

We offer you

  • the opportunities to carry out an exciting research project, to work in a small research group with international outreach, and to qualify for a PhD degree
  • a diverse and fair working environment
  • support in reconciling work and family life
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available from the 1. October 2018 on a part time basis (50% position/19,92 hours). It is initially limited to a term of 1,5 years with option of extension by 1,5 years. If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

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Your Profile

  • excellent Master’s Degree in chemistry, physics, or a closely related field
  • experience in at least one of nanoparticle synthesis, X-ray/neutron scattering techniques, or programming skills
  • we are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated candidate with the ability to communicate efficiently
  • good knowledge of the English language is essential

How to Apply

Please send your convincing application including a motivation letter adressing the sought qualifications, a CV, copies of certificates, and contact information for two academic references by email (in one pdf-file) with the reference number Wiss1804-09 to Dr. Sabrina Disch (). The application deadline is the 31. July 2018.

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.

Deadline
31. July 2018
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02. July 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Biologist / Structural Biologist
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Biologist / Structural Biologist
02. July 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Biologist / Structural Biologist
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular Biologist / Structural Biologist
Employer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Introduction

The Neutron Scattering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for a post-doctoral molecular biologist or structural biologist to join its Large Scale Structures group. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team investigating the structure and function of biological complexes that are involved in, for example, cellulose synthesis, biomass deconstruction and cell-signaling. These projects involve multi-task efforts in molecular biology, protein crystallography, small–angle scattering and computational modeling. The position represents an excellent opportunity for researchers to develop their careers and interact with leading scientists from around the world. As an ORNL postdoctoral fellow you will have access to leading small angle scattering and neutron diffraction facilities, biofermentation laboratories, and biophysical characterization laboratories, in addition to in-house small angle X-ray scattering and X-ray diffraction instrumentation. The position represents an excellent opportunity for researchers to develop their careers and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Responsible for protein production, protein labeling, purification, development of novel labeling strategies
  • Assist in protein crystallography and small-angle scattering studies.
  • Publish scientific papers on this collaborative research
  • Present scientific results at appropriate national and international conferences
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • You will be expected to commit to ORNL’s Research Code of Conduct by holding yourself and others to the highest scientific, professional, and ethical standards in a manner that fosters mutual respect and enhances the reputation of the individual researcher, his/her colleagues, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in its mission to address the Department of Energy’s and the nation’s scientific and technical challenges.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, and extensive work at chemical laboratories

ORNL Benefits

Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers an exceptional benefits package to include a generous relocation, matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and medical / dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free fitness facilities.

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Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, biophysics or structural biology
  • Proven track record in molecular biology techniques including cloning, protein expression and purification, and in biophysical characterization using NMR/EPR or X-ray techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with membrane protein expression and purification
  • Experience in expression and production of membrane proteins, eukaryotic expression systems, and cell-free protein synthesis would be a distinct advantage
  • Self-motivated, with a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels within a multi-disciplinary team Applicants must have received their PhD within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.

Contact
How to Apply

All applicants must go to the ORNL Career site to create a personal profile and then apply to this specific opening. Just search for NB50675244 in the search box and follow the prompts and instructions to apply.

Application deadline is the 27 Jul 2018!

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email .

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

Deadline
27. July 2018
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02. July 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sample Environment Technician
Sample Environment Technician
02. July 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sample Environment Technician
Sample Environment Technician
Employer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Introduction

It is the intent of the Sample Environment group to hire two technicians. One technician position is for the SNS/HFIR Low-Temperature and Magnets team. The other technician position is for the SNS/HFIR High-Temperature team.

Technicians having a broad skill-set which encompasses but is not limited to mechanical ability, operation of electronic equipment, strong troubleshooting ability, and basic computer literacy are needed in the Sample Environment group to assemble, install, troubleshoot, test, maintain, repair, and operate specialized laboratory equipment used to conduct scientific experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab Spallation Neutron Source Facility and HIFR Facility. Such equipment includes high temperature furnaces, vacuum systems, gas flow systems, various experimental platforms or cells, and other unique sample environments as required.

Description of Institution

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States’ highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world’s most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assembles, installs, troubleshoots, tests, maintains, repairs, and operates specialized laboratory equipment, including vacuum systems, various experimental platforms or cells: cryogenic apparatus and magnet systems for the SNS/HFIR Low-Temperature and Magnets team position, furnaces and gas flow systems for the SNS/HFIR High-Temperature team position.
  • Assists in the development of new designs, operating programs of equipment, test procedures, and work plans.
  • Maintaining inventory of appropriate tools, bulk hardware and spare parts.
  • Provides and assists in the documentation of Sample Environment Equipment including drawings, specifications, user manuals, operating procedures, wiring diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, schematics to ensure system integrity and configuration control.
  • Ensure a safe, clean and efficient work environment that is in compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs; Ensure lab space and work space meets and exceeds ORNL Safety Requirements (ES&H).
  • Promotes compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements throughout the laboratory and industry.
  • Provides a wide range of support to Users to facilitate their work, as necessary, with limited supervision.
  • Performs equipment lifts using facility cranes.
  • Documentation of work performed.
  • Conducts facility walkthroughs while observing equipment operation, work practices, and work environments to help identify issues, problems, or improvements.
  • Reports potential non-compliances and takes positive actions to promote adherence to requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.
  • Understands and leads others in proper response to emergency alarms and may serve on the emergency squad.
  • Responds to User problems and issues, including being available when designated during off-hours and weekends.

ORNL Benefits

Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers an exceptional benefits package to include a generous relocation, matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and medical / dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free fitness facilities.

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Basic Qualifications

  • Associates degree in Engineering or Science
  • 2 or more years of experience working with laboratory equipment
  • Training and/or specific, relevant work experience may also be considered instead of an Associate’s degree
  • Ability to perform hands-on work to troubleshoot, diagnose, and debug technical equipment and systems
  • Capable of responding to emergencies in a timely manner and utilize sound judgment in their reconciliation
  • Good interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor are essential
  • Ability to perform tasks which are moderately physically demanding, such as frequently climbing stairs, walking throughout a large facility, and occasionally lifting items weighing up to 30 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with one or more sample environment types is preferred (e.g., furnaces, vacuum, gas systems).
  • Some experience in or around radiological areas is preferred.
  • Ideal applicant should be a highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to work independently and interface well in a team environment

Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous experience in sample environment systems & user support. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of coworkers, scientific staff and external scientific experimental Users.

Contact
How to Apply

All applicants must go to the ORNL Career site to create a personal profile and then apply to this specific opening. Just search for NB50675349 in the search box and follow the prompts and instructions to apply.

Application deadline: 28 Jul 2018!

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email .

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

Deadline
28. July 2018
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21. June 2018 - Dr. Benedetto’s Biophysics Lab
Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD Studentships - Interaction of Biosystems
Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD Studentships - Interaction of Biosystems
21. June 2018 - Dr. Benedetto’s Biophysics Lab
Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD Studentships - Interaction of Biosystems
Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD Studentships - Interaction of Biosystems
Employer
Dr. Benedetto’s Biophysics Lab
Location

Rome, Italy

Introduction

The scientific plan for the postdoctoral position is part of a comprehensive effort to investigate the interaction of biosystems (like proteins and biomembranes) with a new class of organic salts known as room-temperature ionic liquids (RTIL). This is a new and promising field of study that offers a good balance of challenges and future job opportunities, both in academia and industry.

It has been found that RTIL interact with biosystems in a strong and selective way, opening new opportunities for applications in biomedicine, pharmacology, material science, and bio-nanotechnology.
For example, RTIL have shown

  1. a marked antibacterial effect
  2. specific interactions with proteins, affecting their aggregation into amyloid plaques
  3. the ability to penetrate biomembranes.

For an overview of this research: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01385
For more info about the research activity of the Lab visit our webpage www.antoniobenedetto.eu

Job description

The successful candidate will be based at the Department of Science of Roma Tre University, located inthe centre of the city of Rome, Italy. The research activity will be also carried out at the School of Physics, University College Dublin, Ireland, and at the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland.

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The candidates must hold a PhD degree in physics or in a related discipline (e.g. chemistry, material science). Experience in one of the following area is highly appreciated: neutron scattering, atomic force microscopy, computer simulations of biosystems and ionic liquids.

How to Apply

Send a motivation letter (one page), CV, publication list (highlighting 3 of yourpublications), and the contact details (name, affiliation, and e-mail) of your supervisor and of oneadditional referee to Dr. Antonio Benedetto at

Applications can be sent from now on until the post is filled. Every second week starting from Monday the 16th of July 2018 invitations for interview will be sent based on the applications.

Interviews with potential candidates will start on the week of the 23th of July 2018, and the procedure will continue until the suitable candidate is recruited.

NOTE: 3-year PhD scholarships are also available. Interested candidates need to apply on-line at https://apps.uniroma3.it/bando2018/ The deadline is the 26th of June 2018 (2pm CET). Basic knowledge of neutron scattering, atomic force microscopy and computer simulations of biosystems
and ionic liquids is highly appreciated.

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19. June 2018 - RWTH Aachen University
Postdoctoral research associate position in computational nuclear science: Verification techniques for nuclear disarmament
Postdoctoral research associate position in computational nuclear science: Verification techniques for nuclear disarmament
19. June 2018 - RWTH Aachen University
Postdoctoral research associate position in computational nuclear science: Verification techniques for nuclear disarmament
Postdoctoral research associate position in computational nuclear science: Verification techniques for nuclear disarmament
Employer
RWTH Aachen University
Location

Aachen, Germany

Description of Institution

The Nuclear Verification and Disarmament Group, sponsored by a FREIGEIST-Fellowship of the VolkswagenStiftung, is a junior research group that conducts research on verification approaches to make progress on nuclear disarmament. The research lies at the crossroads of experimental physics, computational nuclear engineering as well as the social sciences. It seeks to develop new “nuclear archaeology” tools to reconstruct how much weapons-usable materials have been produced in the past.

More information: https://www.aices.rwth-aachen.de/en/about-aices/about/institutes/nuclear-verification-disarmament

The group is part of the graduate school Aachen Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES), which conducts interdisciplinary research at the interface between mathematics, computer science and engineering. The group also works together with the III. Institute of Physics B, which conducts research in the field of experimental particle and astroparticle physics.

Job description

Your responsibilities

Plutonium is produced in reactors and must be subsequently separated from the reactor fuel in reprocessing plants, producing radioactive waste. Highly enriched uranium is produced in enrichment plants, which also produces waste. Information on past production of weapons-usable fissile materials can be obtained today by analysing documentation of the past fuel cycle operations, and by analysing isotopic measurements of radioactive wastes of samples of structural materials from the fuel cycle plants.

In addition to developing techniques to gather relevant information from measured samples of wastes or from within facilities, inverse models must be developed that take into consideration all available information. They will be used to infer the most likely fuel cycle operation scenarios given the available data. This in turn will lead to fissile material production estimates. Uncertainties must be quantified. For this purpose, fuel cycle simulation codes will need to be advanced. Two key challenges will be that the documentation a state would provide to inspectors will likely not provide the full fuel cycle history in detail, and some parts may potentially be false. Therefore, measures to check the various sources of information for consistency and plausibility must be developed.

While the focus of the position is on research, you will to a limited extent be involved with teaching on topics related to your research, as well as with assisting in the supervision of students writing their theses.

What we offer

The successful applicant will be employed as a public servant. The salary corresponds to 100% of a EG 13 TV-L position.

This is a full-time position for two years. The possibility of an extension will depend on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Requested Profile

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate with excellent scientific skills. You are excited to work within an interdisciplinary and young research team, and to apply your technical skills to help make progress on international peace and security. You are ready to apply your capabilities and commitment as a team-player to contribute to shaping a young research group, while working with the support of experienced faculty members.
A prerequisite is a doctoral degree in physics or another relevant field with an excellent record. Applicants who will have their degree in hand at the time of the appointment can apply. Very good English skills, or very good German and good English skills are required. Programming skills (e.g. C++) are also required. Further, knowledge in a selection of the following areas is desirable (others can be obtained on the job):

  • Nuclear physics or engineering, knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament
  • Parameter estimation, numerical methods, uncertainty quantification, machine learning

How to Apply

The position is to be filled as soon as possible, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This call will remain open until a suited candidate is found.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Prof. Malte Göttsche (). To apply, please send a letter of motivation, a CV and your academic transcripts/records electronically to Prof. Göttsche. Please also request two letters of recommendation, which the recommenders shall send directly. Applications can be submitted in German or English.

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19. June 2018 -
Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering & Quantum Systems
Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering & Quantum Systems
19. June 2018 -
Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering & Quantum Systems
Postdoctoral Position in Neutron Scattering & Quantum Systems
Introduction

The Indiana University Center for the Exploration of Energy and Materials (CEEM), together with the Indiana University Physics Department, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to develop neutron scattering techniques applied to quantum information and quantum materials. CEEM houses a small accelerator-based neutron source called the Low Energy Neutron Source (LENS) that focuses on the development of instrumentation such as neutron spin-echo techniques and neutron polarization filters as well as on the application of neutron scattering to a variety of scientific problems. LENS has strong partnerships with national and international neutron facilities (e.g. NCNR and SNS/HFIR in the U.S. and ISIS in the UK) and an international reputation for neutron scattering investigations and for building novel instrumentation.

Job description

The post-doctoral appointee will work on one or more projects including: the use of superconducting neutron Wollaston prisms to probe quantum entanglement in materials such as those which exhibit quantum spin liquid behavior; the development of novel RF neutron-spin-flippers using high temperature superconducting materials; and the development of a wide-angle neutron spin echo spectrometer, again using high Tc materials. Development of new instrumentation will require computer simulation using commercially available software such as MagNet© and COMSOL© and well as mechanical design, testing and neutron beam experiments at LENS and at national neutron facilities. The appointee will have the opportunity to spend extended time at the labs mentioned above in the course of these projects.

Requested Profile

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent qualification in a field such as Physics, Chemistry or Engineering. Experience with neutron or synchrotron x-ray experiments and/or the development of associated instrumentation is an advantage but not a necessity. Experience in designing, building and using novel instrumentation for science experiments will be an advantage.

Contact
Name

Roger Pynn

Address

Physics Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN47405
Preferred mailing address:
Indiana Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter
2401 Milo B Sampson Lane
Bloomington IN 47408-1398

How to Apply

The position is available immediately. The initial Postdoctoral Associate appointment will be for 1 year, with the expectation for renewal for an additional 2 years, contingent on funding.

Applications, including a CV, a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and three references, should be submitted through the application portal located at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/6063. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Prof. Roger Pynn (). For more information about the group research, see http://www.indiana.edu/~lens/research.html

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Applications for postdoctoral positions are accepted on a continuing basis, and starting dates can be adjusted to suit the candidates.

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14. May 2018 - Technische Universität München
Instrument scientist
Instrument scientist
14. May 2018 - Technische Universität München
Instrument scientist
Instrument scientist
Employer
Technische Universität München
Location

Garching, Germany

Introduction

On behalf of the State of Bavaria, the Technische Universität München operates the high flux Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) located at the leading scientific campus in Garching, Germany. The neutron source itself, its research instruments as well as the irradiation facilities provide unique possibilities for the scientific and industrial use of neutron beams.

For the development and operation of the radiography and tomography station Nectar we invite applications (full time position 40.1 h/week) as Instrument scientist.

Job description

You play a leading role in the development of methods in the area of imaging with neutrons and are responsible for the operation of the radiography and tomography station Nectar at the FRM II. You collaborate closely with scientists and engineers from different groups and research areas. In addition you are engaged in your own research topics in collaboration with external scientists and industry partners.

The appointment is initially limited. The payment is based on the German pay scale TV-L. The Technical University Munich is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants having an equivalent experience will be preferred.

Further information is given by Dr. Michael Schulz (phone +49 89 289 14718, e-mail )

Requested Profile

You have a degree in physics, material science or related fields. Ideally you have knowledge and experience in the application of imaging techniques for research or industrial applications. You have proven organisational competencies. Persuasive communication skills and ability to team work in an international environment are mandatory. Good oral and written English skills are required.

Contact
Name

Dr. Michael Schulz

E-Mail
Website
How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed after May 29th, 2018 and are accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest describing relevant experience including detailed curriculum vitae by regular or electronic mail (merged to a pdf file) to:

Technische Universität München
Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)
Personalabteilung
Lichtenbergstraße 1; D-85747 Garching
Tel: +49 89 289 14614
E-Mail:
http://www.frm2.tum.de

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14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS - CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Effect of pressure on t he structure and dynamics of C - phycocyanin
Postdoctoral Position - Effect of pressure on t he structure and dynamics of C - phycocyanin
14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS - CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Effect of pressure on t he structure and dynamics of C - phycocyanin
Postdoctoral Position - Effect of pressure on t he structure and dynamics of C - phycocyanin
Employer
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS - CEA)
Location

Saclay, France

Introduction

The Laboratoire Leon Brillouin (LLB) is a French Research Infrastructure jointly supported by CEA and CNRS (http://www-llb.cea.fr). The LLB operates both as a large-scale facility and a research institute. Neutrons are an invaluable technique to study a large variety of issues, including, for biological ones, protein folding/unfolding. The structure and the dynamics of proteins can be elucidated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and inelastic/quasi elastic neutron scattering (INS/QENS), due to the characteristics time and length scales probed by these techniques (from ns to few hundreds and from fraction up to several hundreds nm). So far, only few experiments have addressed the structure and dynamics of biological materials upon application of high pressure (HP).

Job description

The LLB has a long experience in the development of HP cells for SANS and INS/QENS. In particular, a HP device has recently been developed for SANS experiments up to 6 kbars and has been applied to study the role of ligands and hydrophobic cavities in the unfolding of myoglobin, a small globular protein. The project is to study the effect of pressure on the structure and dynamics of Cphycocyanin (CPC), a hexameric light-harvesting pigment-protein complex. CPC unfolding occurs through the dissociation of the hexamer into monomers until the complete unfolding of its subunits. Structural and dynamical changes may occur not only at “high” pressure (3-6 kbars), where proteins generally unfold completely, but also at “lower” pressure (1.5-2 kbars), where the input of water in the hydrophobic cavities of proteins may provide intermediate folding conformations so far undetected.

Starting date & Duration: As early as October 2018 ; 18 months

Requested Profile

The successful candidate will be part of the “Soft Matter and Biophysics” scientific group. The position will allow the successful candidate to take advantage of the large in-house capabilities in biophysics research, neutron spectrometers, laboratory techniques, and access to the large scientific area around the “Plateau de Saclay”. Candidates are expected to have a PhD or similar in biophysics, biology, and/or biochemistry. Experimental experience in protein folding/unfolding would be highly appreciated. Experience with radiation techniques (X-ray or neutron scattering) would be advantageous.

Contact
Name

Sophie Combet

E-Mail
Website
How to Apply

Applications for this position should be sent by e-mail to and and include a C.V., the names of at least two references, and a cover letter summarizing current and future research initiatives.

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14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Oxyborate compounds for new multifunctionnal materials
Postdoctoral Position - Oxyborate compounds for new multifunctionnal materials
14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Oxyborate compounds for new multifunctionnal materials
Postdoctoral Position - Oxyborate compounds for new multifunctionnal materials
Employer
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Location

Saclay, France

Introduction

Recent years have seen a renewed interest for magnetoelectricity, as illustrated by the quickly increasing number of studies devoted to multiferroics materials. These fascinating materials present at least two ferroic orders, amongst the three widely known: ferroelasticity, ferroelectricity, and (anti)ferromagnetism. The coexistence of these two orders brings out multifunctionality, and new cross?coupling effects, that are particularly promising in areas such as data storage and spintronic : magnetoelectric coupling is indeed a key feature for potential applications, enabling the manipulation of magnetization with an electric field and vice versa.

Job description

The project steps outside the boundaries of the transition metal oxide compounds, mostly studied up to now, to investigate oxyborates with the ludwigite structure M3+(M2+)2O2BO3 (M is a transition element, divalent or trivalent). It associates mixed valence (di- and tri-valent ions) with a low dimensional network of transition metal atoms. The aim of the project is to characterize in details compounds belonging to this system, to identify new multiferroics/magnetoelectrics. Giant magnetoelectric effects have already been observed in Fe3BO5, but vast possibilities remain to induce such an effect by playing with substitution on the 2+ or 3+ sites of another transition element or a rareearth element, or by random site disorder by a non-magnetic element. On the technical side, the project will rely on the thorough characterizations of chosen oxyborate compositions, combining local and larger scale structural and physical characterization techniques (X-ray and neutron diffraction [LLB]), with physical properties measurements (transport, magnetization, dielectric constant, polarization, specific heat [CRISMAT]).

Requested Profile

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in solid-state chemistry or condensed matter physics, with a strong background in magnetism, and be capable of independent research as well as creativity. He/she should have a strong experience in neutron/X diffraction techniques, and powder diffraction data refinements. Experience with large scale facilities and magnetic structure determination would be appreciated. This research project requires a strong taste for experimental research and substantial autonomy. Good communication skills in oral and written English is essential.

Contact
How to Apply

Applications for this position should be sent by e-mail to and include a C.V., the names of at least two references, and a cover letter summarizing current and future research initiatives.

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14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Exploring spin fluctuations in photosensitive molecules
Postdoctoral Position - Exploring spin fluctuations in photosensitive molecules
14. May 2018 - Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Postdoctoral Position - Exploring spin fluctuations in photosensitive molecules
Postdoctoral Position - Exploring spin fluctuations in photosensitive molecules
Employer
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (CNRS-CEA)
Location

Saclay/Paris/Grenoble, France

Introduction

In the general framework of nanomagnetism, this research subject deals with fundamental properties of new magnetic materials (molecular magnetic clusters, magnetic nanoparticles) displaying functional properties associated to the control of magnetization at the molecular level or at the individual nanoparticle level. These “switchable” molecular solids are promising materials for high-density optical memory devices, especially since synthesis and deposition techniques now allow thin-film organisation and the size/shape control of magnetic particles. Molecular materials with so-called “spin transition” properties are capable to drastically change their magnetic state (from a non-magnetic state to a ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic state) upon temperature variation or under light radiation. In some materials, diamagnetic ions are converted into paramagnetic pairs through light excitations. These states are generally “metastable” and can be reversed with temperature.

Job description

The tasks of the project are to study the structural and magnetic properties of coordination nanoparticles (CNPS’s) based on Prussian Blue analogues complexes, CsNiCr and CsCoFe, and core-shell type CNP’s. These novel systems open new possibilities for the design of molecule-based switchable objects where magnetism may be controlled or tuned by an external perturbation (light, temperature, field, etc.). The project aims at understanding the magnetic conformations of the nanoparticles and their eventual interactions. The methods of investigation will include small-angle scattering (SANS, SAXS), neutron diffraction, Inelastic Neutron Scattering (INS), and magnetometry (DC/AC) using SQUID and PPMS. Part of the work will also consists in developing new setups for in situ low-temperature photomagnetic studies under magnetic fields. Neutron experiments will be carried out at the LLB (CEA Saclay, south of Paris) and/or at the Institute Laue-Langevin (Grenoble).

Requested Profile

The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics or materials science, with a strong background in magnetism, and be capable of independent research as well as creativity. He/she should have experience in neutron/X scattering techniques (preferably SANS/SAXS) applied to condensed matter physics. This research project requires a strong taste for experimental physics (cryogenic work, superconducting coils, laser devices, sample preparation) and a substantial autonomy in both experimental and theoretical work. Strong communication skills in oral and written English is essential.

Contact
Name

Grégory Chaboussant

E-Mail
Website
How to Apply

Applications for this position should be sent by e-mail to , and include a C.V., the names of at least two references, and a cover letter summarizing current and future research initiatives.

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