01. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50549058
ORNL: Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50549058
01. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50549058
ORNL: Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50549058
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Oak Ridge, USA

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: https://neutrons.ornl.gov

Job description

The Cold Neutron Chopper Spectrometer (CNCS) located at the SNS is a high-resolution, direct-geometry, multi-chopper inelastic spectrometer designed to operate at low incident energies (2 to 50 meV). A wide range of scientific problems, ranging from complex and quantum fluids to magnetism, lattice dynamics in solids, and chemical spectroscopy, is being addressed with experiments at CNCS. Two similar spectrometers are currently under consideration as instruments at the proposed SNS Second Target Station (STS) at the SNS. The successful candidate will conduct scientific research, engage in beamline operations at CNCS, and will be an active participant in developing the conceptual design of a new direc geometry inelastic spectrometer for the STS. Full training will be given in all aspects of inelastic neutron scattering, including beamline operation, data collection, data processing and simulation work.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Responsible to conduct inelastic neutron scattering research.

  • Responsible to participate in operations of the CNCS beam line and provide beam line support to a limited number of users.
  • The successful candidate will be part of the TOF Spectroscopy group in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division at ORNL and will be expected to take part in all group activities, which include seminars and weekly meetings.
  • The successful candidate will also be part of a growing team of instrument scientists and specialists developing conceptual designs for STS instruments.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required:
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited institution, completed within the last 5 years, in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science, or another relevant field. Expertise in inelastic neutron scattering and data analysis is essential. Candidates should be self motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues at all levels. Must be able to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. The position requires the ability to set priorities, multi-task and adapt to changing needs in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications Desired:
Previous experience with simulation work – either theoretical models describing the object of scattering experiments, or neutron scattering instrumentation in general – will be an asset.

Work Directions and Interfaces:
Receives work direction from the CNCS lead instrument scientist. Will interface with the CNCS instrument team, users of the CNCS instrument, and with members of the STS instrument design team.

How to Apply

Go to https://www.ornl.gov/careers.

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.

15. April 2016
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