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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).
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.
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:
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
Employment is contingent upon the results of a drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.
- Small angle scattering or diffraction with x-ray or neutron beams.
- Demonstrated competence in programming.
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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