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) in the Neutron Sciences Directorate invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associates positions. The successful candidates will participate in novel project to design, build and utilize an instrument prototype to simultaneously perform high-resolution Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) together with wide angle neutron diffraction at the SNS. The candidates will participate in ongoing research on complex soft materials or biological systems over atomic to mesoscopic length scales, as well as develop their own related research effort. The candidates will be assigned to either Energy and the Environment Group or Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group of BSMD, but will also work with members of the Instrument Development Group. This represents an excellent opportunity for career development through interactions with leading scientists from around the world with diverse interests.
Work Directions and Interfaces
One position reports to Energy and the Environment Group, and the other to Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group.
The applicant must have a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, biophysics or a related field. The successful applicant must have a strong background in neutron or x-ray scattering, preferably small-angle scattering or diffraction. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels. 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.
Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with neutron scattering experiments and experience with developing scientific instrumentation (at a large facility, in an individual laboratory, or both). Prior experience working in the field of soft matter or lipid membrane with a strong publication record is desirable.
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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