Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
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.
The Biology and Soft Matter Division (BSMD) of the Neutron Scattering Sciences Directorate (NScD) seeks highly qualified applications for a Staff Scientist position with expertise in computational crystallography. The function of this position is to develop and lead a research program in the field of crystallographic methodology for TOF data analysis of macromolecular structures using neutron diffraction data: while also developing innovative concepts and tools expanding and optimizing the capabilities of neutron instrumentation in application to macromolecular materials.
Work on time of flight macromolecular data reduction software development. Conduct and present high-quality, high-impact research in the field of macromolecular crystallography with focus on neutron diffraction techniques. Collaborate with structural biology community in support of its needs for macromolecular structure analysis using neutron and X-ray scattering data. Work closely with instrument scientists and other team members developing and advancing single event data analysis and processing methods for the center’s neutron scattering instruments.
Work Directions and Interfaces
Position reports to the MaNDi Group Leader and works closely with the MaNDi instrument team. Works with members of Computing Group and interfaces with Users and instrument scientists within NScD. Will also interface with personnel from DAS Group, User Office, and NScD IT. Collaborates with software developers at other facilities and in the User community to develop software. Works well as a team member leading when necessary, in addition, performs work independently with little guidance.
Measures of Effectiveness
Produces user-friendly software. Distributed software is widely adopted by User community, as assessed by citations in the scientific literature. Instrument Scientists and Users are satisfied with application capabilities.
Demonstrate leadership and skill for developing software – develops a good reputation within NSSD.
Produces software related documentation. Works effectively in a team environment. Performs work independently. Promotes NSSD throughout the User community when participating in meetings, workshops, or conferences.
Successful candidate must have PhD in crystallography, with an emphasis on computational methods, with at least five years of related experience and demonstrated accomplishments in the field. The applicant must have documented experience in developing computational methods and software for the analysis of macromolecular crystallographic data. Experience of modern programming languages such as C, C++ and Python is required. The applicant must have good organizational and management skills and have the ability to interact effectively with colleagues displaying a broad range of expertise and interests.
Candidates should be able to work effectively with colleagues in a collaborative research environment.
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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