Oak Ridge, USA
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. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.
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Lignocellulose comprises the vast majority of plant matter and could be a major source of future fuels if conversion to bio-ethanol can be made cost- and energy-efficient. The deconstruction processes of this complex multi-component material needs improved efficiency and this project aims at paving the way by establishing a comprehensive fundamental understanding of lignocellulose structure and structural changes during chemical and enzymatic lignocellulose deconstruction. Neutron scattering provides unique avenues in the study of structure and dynamics over many length scales from the atomic to the micrometer regime on multi-component materials through application of isotope labeling and neutron contrast variation. New world-leading neutron scattering instrumentation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will provide unprecedented opportunities for advancing our knowledge about these multi-component, multi-length scale biological materials. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team of bio-physicists and chemists and you will be expected to actively conduct independent and collaborative neutron scattering experiments at the ORNL neutron scattering
facilities; analyze neutron scattering data; use X-ray scattering and diffraction as complementary techniques; publish research results in scientific journals; and maintain strong communication within an interdisciplinary team of scientists such as coordinate with biochemists on sample preparation and computational scientists on data modeling and interpretation. This post is an excellent opportunity for young postdoctoral scientist to develop his/her expertise, broaden his/her experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world.
Conduct independent and collaborative neutron scattering experiments at the ORNL neutron scattering facilities
A Ph.D. in biophysics or structural biology. Candidates with a Ph.D. in related fields such as physics, physical chemistry or similar, who have relevant experience in biological structure research will also be considered. Previous experience in either neutron or X-ray scattering is required. The date of application must be within 5 years of the most recent degree, and all degree requirements must be complete before starting the appointment. Certain exceptions may be considered. This position is a temporary, full-time assignment of 24 months. Excellent written and oral communications skills are required along with the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems. Acquiring knowledge of related safety issues, regulations, and safe practices will be required. Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.
Candidates with experience in applying small-angle scattering methods to biological macromolecular complexes are highly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentational skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels and to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
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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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