07. September 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Designing and Controlling Mesoscale Order
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Designing and Controlling Mesoscale Order
07. September 2015 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Designing and Controlling Mesoscale Order
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Designing and Controlling Mesoscale Order
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Biology and Soft Matter Division (BSMD) in the Neutron Sciences Directorate invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidates will be part of a team developing a novel approach to creating and characterizing self-assembled structures in thin films and bulk with mesoscale order. The candidate will participate in ongoing research on complex soft materials from the nanoscopic to macroscopic length scales, and is expected to develop his/her own related research effort. The candidate will be assigned to the Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group, but will also work closely with other members of the team from the Center for Nanophase Materials Science, the Chemical Science Division, and external collaborators at University of Massachusetts and Australian National University. This represents an excellent opportunity for career development through interactions with leading scientists from around the world with diverse interests.

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. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Participate in the development of new sample environment for solvent annealing studies
  • Participate in the development of grazing incidence neutron techniques at SNS
  • Perform research on soft materials or biological systems using existing instruments
  • Perform analysis and modeling to interpret data
  • Publish scientific papers on collaborative and independent research
  • Present scientific results at appropriate national and international conferences
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Work Directions and Interfaces

The successful candidate will report to the Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or a related field. The successful applicant must have a strong interest in scattering (neutrons, x-rays or light) experiments and data analysis. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels, and a proficiency in writing scientific manuscripts.

Qualifications Desired

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with neutron scattering and the development of scientific instrumentation (at a large facility or in the laboratory). Prior experience working in the field of soft matter with a strong publication record is highly desirable.

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.

29. September 2015
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