06. May 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Total Scattering and Nanostructured Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Total Scattering and Nanostructured Materials
06. May 2018 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Total Scattering and Nanostructured Materials
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Total Scattering and Nanostructured Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Diffraction Group in the Neutron Scattering Division (NSD) of the NScD at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral position focused on the development and application of solvothermal and continuous flow reactor devices for in situ diffraction and Pair Distribution Function (PDF) studies, primarily at the high-flux neutron total instrument NOMAD. Emphasis will be placed on synthesis and structure-property optimization of novel energy based materials, achieved through control and exploitation of disorder, defects, and interfaces in metastable and nanophase materials. Laboratory characterization and complementary scattering techniques (including small angle neutron scattering, vibrational spectroscopy, and synchrotron x-ray total scattering, etc.) may also be pursued. The position will allow the postdoctoral scientist to develop expertise, broaden experience and to interact with a diverse set of scientists working and visiting ORNL’s neutron and nanomaterial science facilities.

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. 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.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Employ methods to study and understand the formation, growth and transformation processes of nano- and disordered crystalline materials with neutron diffraction, neutron PDF analysis, and complementary probes at ORNL.
  • Assist in developing solvothermal and continuous flow chemical reaction vessels for time-resolved neutron-based characaterization of synthesis processes.
  • Publish scientific papers resulting from this research and present results at appropriate national and international meetings.
  • Physical requirements for this job include the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting for extended periods of time, working with sample environment equipment, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.
  • Ensures compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • You will be expected to commit to ORNL’s Research Code of Conduct by holding yourself and others to the highest scientific, professional, and ethical standards in a manner that fosters mutual respect and enhances the reputation of the individual researcher, his/her colleagues, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in its mission to address the Department of Energy’s and the nation’s scientific and technical challenges.

ORNL Benefits

Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers an exceptional benefits package to include a generous relocation, matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and medical / dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free fitness facilities.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, or other related science field
  • Background in structural analysis using crystallographic methods
  • Experience with inorganic materials synthesis
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues at all levels and in multi-disciplinary teams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in solution phase synthesis, including for nanophase materials
  • Previous experience in total scattering (PDF) methods and analysis
  • Experience in developing software and/or sample environment for diffraction experiments
  • Data modeling and refinement expertise using programs such as TOPAZ, GSAS, Fullprof, PDFGUI and RMCP
  • Programming proficiency in Python, C++, and/or Fortran Other Information: Applicants must have received their PhD within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. Please include a Cover Letter and CV with your application. Your cover letter should include the name and contact information for two professional references. If you are asked to interview, you will be asked to provide a minimum of 2 reference letters for the hiring committee.

How to Apply

All applicants must go to the ORNL Career site to create a personal profile and then apply to this specific opening. Just search for NB50665093 in the search box and follow the prompts and instructions to apply.

Deadline for applying is 27th May 2018!

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email .

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.

27. May 2018
» print (allow pop-up windows)

Copyright 2012 neutronsources.org   |   All rights reserved.   |   Powered by FRM II | Privacy Policy

Print this page   |   Top