23. November 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoc in Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies of Quantum Criticality Under Applied Pressure
Postdoc in Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies of Quantum Criticality Under Applied Pressure
23. November 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoc in Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies of Quantum Criticality Under Applied Pressure
Postdoc in Inelastic Neutron Scattering Studies of Quantum Criticality Under Applied Pressure
Employer
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Introduction

The Quantum Condensed Matter Division (QCMD) in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at ORNL operates 13 instruments for elastic and inelastic neutron scattering studies of materials. Instruments are located at both HFIR and SNS. QCMD conducts research on materials with emergent properties that are manifestly quantum in origin. Some examples of current interest include superconductivity, multiferroicity, low dimensional and frustrated magnetism, orbital fluctuations and quantum criticality.

QCMD has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to work on a project to study quantum criticality using inelastic neutron scattering in the presence of applied pressure. The successful candidate will work to enhance the low temperature performance of existing pressure cells to enable measurements in the appropriate phase space to study quantum critical systems and work in a collaborative team to develop new pressure cells.

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

  • Perform inelastic neutron scattering experiments and subsequent data analysis to explore various quantum critical systems in conditions of low temperature and high pressure (in the range of 3 GPa).
  • Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at appropriate national and international meetings.
  • Characterize the temperature performance of existing pressure cells and develop and implement a plan for enhancing their low temperature characteristics or developing new pressure cells as appropriate.
  • Work as part of a team composed primarily of scientists and engineers to develop new pressure cells to expand our ability to study quantum materials using inelastic neutron scattering in the presence of applied pressure.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, working with low temperature sample environment equipment, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required
A Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or other related science fields is required. Applicants must have received their PhD within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels. The ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team is a critical asset.

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
A strong background in experimental hard condensed matter physics and a proven track record in neutron scattering or high pressure research would be a distinct advantage.

Contact
How to Apply

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.

Deadline
19. January 2015
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