07. September 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mesoscale Magnetic Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mesoscale Magnetic Materials
07. September 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mesoscale Magnetic Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Mesoscale Magnetic Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


QCMD has an opening beginning October 1, 2015 for a postdoctoral fellow to assist in the development of a project to elucidate origins of new phenomena in mesoscale magnetic materials by observing the response of magnetism to magnetic and electric fields and stress with polarized beam small angle neutron scattering (SANS).

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 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.

The Quantum Condensed Matter Division (QCMD) https://neutrons.ornl.gov/qcmd in the NScD 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, quantum criticality, nanocomposite and mesoscale magnetic materials.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will join a research team of scientists, engineers and programmers to implement a polarized neutron beam capability on the GP-SANS machine. This duty involves significant instrumentation development. The candidate will use the capability to explore coupling of spin, orbital and strain degrees of freedom in magneto-electric phase separated (MEPS) materials, mesoscale magnetic materials, skyrmions and ferrotoroidic order. The candidate is expected to write papers published in peer-reviewed journals and present talks at conferences, as appropriate.

Other responsibilities include:

  • 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, extensive work at chemical laboratories, and possible exposure to ionizing radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.

Requested Profile
Qualifications Required

Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or related science is required. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication, and presentational skills, and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with research staff at all levels and to work within a multi-disciplinary team. A strong background in experimental hard condensed matter physics would be a distinct advantage.

The date of application must be within 5 years of the most recent degree, and all degree requirements must be complete before starting the appointment. Certain exceptions may be considered. This position is a temporary, full-time assignment of

24 months.

Employment is contingent upon the results of a drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.

Qualifications desired

- Small angle scattering or diffraction with x-ray or neutron beams.

- Demonstrated competence in programming.

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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Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

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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.

01. October 2015
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