14. September 2018 - Brookhaven National Laboratory
Job ID # 1420 – Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Materials Characterization
Post-doc in Materials Characterization
14. September 2018 - Brookhaven National Laboratory
Job ID # 1420 – Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Materials Characterization
Post-doc in Materials Characterization
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Lab
PO Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
(631) 344-8000


The mission of the Materials in a Radiation Environment (MRE) Program Office within the Nuclear Science and Technology Department is to increase access to synchrotron characterization techniques to researchers studying materials for nuclear energy applications. We develop unique experimental infrastructure and support a large user community dedicated to materials science for advanced nuclear reactors and extending the life of existing reactors. We use various beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II to study radioactive materials and radiation effects. We are designing a new facility with multiple high-energy x-ray beamlines capable of handling more highly radioactive materials.

Description of Institution

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory’s almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

Job description

The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s research programs in radiation damage and new materials development for nuclear applications. Materials of interest include structural materials and fuels for nuclear energy applications. The research involves applying synchrotron techniques including diffraction, spectroscopy and imaging for investigating radiation damage in materials. Strong analytical and computational skills are required for data analysis. Experience with other characterization techniques and microscopy (TEM, SEM and sample preparation) is highly desirable. Most importantly, the successful applicant will demonstrate an ability to work independently within broadly defined research directions, and to collaborate between research areas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Support ion beam experiments designed to study materials in radiation environments
Perform collaborative materials science research within the nuclear energy materials user community
Support synchrotron characterization of radioactive materials through support for experiments at the beamline and data analysis

Occasional travel
Occasional shift and weekend work for supporting x-ray data collection

Brookhaven National Laboratory offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement and a competitive salary.

Requested Profile

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ph.D. in engineering, physics, material science or a related field
Experience with operation of scientific instrumentation for materials characterization
Experience with experimental design
Familiarity with some of these techniques is required: X-ray diffraction and scattering, spectroscopy or imaging, ion beam irradiation
Ability to work in a team environment and self-motivated

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge/publication record in ion beam techniques
Experience in advanced data analysis software and techniques
Experience in handling radioactive material
Excellent verbal and written communication skills



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