11. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50551807
ORNL: Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50551807
11. March 2016 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50551807
ORNL: Beamline Postdoctoral Research Associate / NB50551807
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 Liquids Reflectometer located at the SNS is a horizontal-surface reflectometer optimized for the study of solid, solid/liquid, and free liquid reflectivity measurements, focusing on the study of polymer films, battery materials, membranes, corrosion, surfactants at interfaces, and complex fluids under flow. A horizontal-surface reflectometer is also under consideration as an instrument at the proposed SNS Second Target Station (STS). The successful candidate will conduct scientific research, engage in beamline operations at the Liquids Reflectometer, and be an active participant in developing the design of the proposed STS reflectometer. Full training will be given in all aspects of neutron reflectometry including
beamline operation, data collection, processing and modelling.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Responsible to conduct research on a mutually agreed topic in soft matter or biology using the Liquids Reflectometer and to publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at appropriate national and international meetings.

  • Responsible to participate in operations of the Liquids Reflectometer and provide beam line support to a limited
    number of users.
  • The successful candidate will be part of the Soft Matter group in the Biology and Soft 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 and will contribute to development of the design of a new reflectometer for STS.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required:
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or a related discipline from an
accredited institution. Candidates must be self-motivated and have good interpersonal, communication and presentational

Qualifications Desired:
Previous experience with neutron or x-ray reflectometry is desirable as well as experience gained in conducting experiments at national user facilities. A familiarity with sample synthesis, deposition, and bench-top characterization is highly desirable.

Work Directions and Interfaces:
Reports to the Liquids Reflectometer (LR) lead instrument scientist. Will interface with the LR instrument team, SNS support staff, users of the LR, 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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLR@ornl.gov

Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10 CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required. If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

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.

30. April 2016
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