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.
We seek an outstanding candidate for a postdoc position to work on the development of a polarized Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) capability. The candidate is expected to carry out research and development of 3He neutron spin filters as well as deployment of these filters on the GPSANS instrument at HFIR (http://neutrons.ornl.gov/gpsans) and elsewhere as appropriate. The successful candidate will report to the Lead Polarization Scientist in the Instrument and Source Division and the Group Leader of the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division.
The successful candidate will join the polarized SANS project team and collaborate with other group members at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the following:
A Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, physics, or other related science or engineering fields is required. Applicants must have hands-on experience with instrumentation in at least one of the following fields: polarized 3He, polarized neutron scattering, or nuclear magnetic resonance. Applicants are expected to have strong written and oral communications skills.
Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.
Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in polarized 3He applied to polarized neutron scattering instrumentation. Experience in polarized 3He development is preferred but not required. Prior R&D experience at large user facilities 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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