15. February 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Total Scattering Studies of Catalytic Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Total Scattering Studies of Catalytic Materials
15. February 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Total Scattering Studies of Catalytic Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Total Scattering Studies of Catalytic Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Diffraction Group in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division (CEMD) of the NScD operates single crystal and powder diffraction instruments addressing a range of problems in chemistry and materials research. Areas of research supported by the group include the structure and behavior of electrical energy storage materials and systems, fundamentals of structure under pressure and/or temperature conditions, and the effects of processing conditions on material performance. The Scientific Data Analysis Group in the Neutron Data Analysis and Visualization (NDAV) Division develops software and hardware for the reduction and analysis of data taken on SNS and HFIR neutron scattering instruments. The group works closely with the Data Acquisition and Controls teams, who operate the computer systems on the neutron scattering instruments, as well as with the Technology Integration group from the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF).

The Diffraction group in CEMD and the Scientific Data Analysis Group in NDAV have an immediate opening for a joint postdoctoral position focused on developing and demonstrating in situ neutron total scattering techniques at the high-flux instrument NOMAD for catalytic reactions and other energy materials phenomena. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative team to adapt gas flow cells and time-resolved/stroboscopic data reduction capabilities for use in scattering experiments. This post represents an excellent opportunity for a postdoctoral scientist to develop expertise, broaden experience and to 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

  • Employ experiments, data reduction, and data modeling to study and understand catalytically active structures.
  • Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at appropriate national and international meetings.
  • 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, Chemistry, Materials Science, or other related science field is required. Programming proficiency in Python, C++, and/or Fortran 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 colleagues 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
Previous experience in neutron and/or X-ray scattering and catalysis and/or interfacial chemistry science is desired. Candidates with total scattering (local structure) expertise (including data modeling programs) and candidates with experience in stroboscopic experimental methods (including modeling/simulation techniques) are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

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