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 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.
To maximize the information obtained for diffraction experiments for structural biology, data processing methods need to be improved for marginal, weak data and also for reflection overlap. Methods will be developed that make use of knowledge about the atomic model to inform data processing methods so that reflections can be successfully deconvolved. A novel technique for full profile single crystal structure refinement will be developed. This work will be performed through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded consortium between ORNL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to develop a broad range of computational tools for macromolecular neutron crystallography. The aim of this consortium is to address the need for new computational tools and methods to deal with the increasing number of neutron macromolecular structures being determined and their increasing size and complexity. These tools will be developed in close collaboration with the PHENIX program, a NIH funded consortium between several groups.
Work Directions and Interfaces
Reports to the Scientific Data Analysis Group Leader. Contact Vickie Lynch for questions.
This position is a temporary, full-time assignment of 24 months with a possibility of an extension to 36 months, depending on the funding situation. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
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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