Cambridge, MA, USA
MIT has a post-doctoral position available in neutron optics research. Experience and interest in neutron (or x-ray) scattering methods and instrumentation are important prerequisites for this position. MIT has a long history of groundbreaking research in neutron science and currently several faculty members are involved in both applications of neutron scattering and neutron instrumentation. Recently we have demonstrated neutron beam focusing by axisymmetric mirror systems, known as Wolter mirrors, for imaging and SANS (see http://spie.org/newsroom/technical-articles/5243-a-new-generation-of-neutron-focusing-optics)
This position would emphasize the development of these novel optics for neutron imaging, with special interest in improving the performance of instruments at Idaho and Oak Ridge National Labs. The successful candidate will design and optimize focusing optics for particular instruments, using both ray-tracing simulations and measurements of test mirrors.