13. October 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Imaging
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Imaging
13. October 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Imaging
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Imaging
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Chemical and Engineering Materials Division of the NScD at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking motivated candidates for a postdoctoral research associate position in neutron imaging. With the advent of instruments such as the HFIR CG-1D cold imaging beamline, it has now become possible to obtain high-spatial resolution 2 and 3-dimensional neutron imaging data of a series of advanced materials. Information about the CG-1D facility can be found at: http://neutrons.ornl.gov/imaging/

The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary research team with expertise in neutron scattering, nanoparticle synthesis, thin film growth, materials chemistry, inorganic materials, fuel cell, and battery materials. This person will also have the opportunity to work with users of the CG-1D imaging beamline, where the research interests are aligned.

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 27 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

The successful candidate will work with scientists at the SNS/HFIR and ORNL-based members of the FIRST EFRC, as well as non-ORNL members of the FIRST EFRC to:

  • Uses a combination of materials synthesis and in situ neutron imaging to study additive manufacturing and geosciences materials. Publish scientific papers on this collaborative research.
  • Performs Neutron imaging studies at the various world-class instruments at the SNS and HFIR.
  • Works with the neutron imaging team (Scientific Associates, Engineer, Software Developer) and with scientists and other ORNL staff members to develop a strong geoscience program at the CG-1D beamline, including taking a lead role in sample environment design and testing, and working directly with the user community to grow a novel research area in high-pressure flow rate in geological samples.
  • Contributes to the application of energy selective capabilities to additive manufacturing materials.
  • Publishes research results in scientific journals, maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics and ensures compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, extensive work at chemical laboratories, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required
Candidates with a recent Ph.D. in Physics, Geosciences, Materials Science Engineering, Biology or related fields will be considered. Experience in neutron and/or X-ray imaging and computer analysis/programming/modeling is required. Strong written and oral communication skills and the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems are required. 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 physical exam and drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.

Qualifications Desired
Preference will be given to those candidates with experience with using an x-ray and/or neutron imaging beamline. Expertise in additive manufacturing and/or geosciences (petroleum studies, two-phase flow) is preferred. Experience in software reconstruction, 2D and 3D image visualization and quantitative analysis is desired. Neutron simulations using Monte Carlo based software (McStas and/or MCNP-X) is preferred.

Additional Information
Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. Certain exceptions may be considered. This position is a temporary, full-time assignment for 12 months, renewable up to 2 times upon performance assessment of candidate.

How to Apply

Technical Questions:
Contact Dr. Hassina Z. Bilheux at for questions about this position. Please reference the position title and number in the correspondence.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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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.

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