16. March 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neutron and X-Ray Scattering
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neutron and X-Ray Scattering
16. March 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neutron and X-Ray Scattering
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neutron and X-Ray Scattering
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Scattering and Thermophysics Group in the Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a highly qualified candidate to fill a postdoctoral position. The position will support science programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. The successful applicant will be expected to work effectively with scientists at neutron and x-ray scattering national user facilities such as the Spallation Neutron Source, the High Flux Isotope Reactor, and the Advanced Photon Source. The general scientific focus will be on using measurements of the structure and dynamics of energy-related functional materials to elucidate the mechanisms underpinning useful energy conversion processes, such as electro-mechanical, thermo-mechanical, or thermoelectric.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities

  • Conduct neutron and x-ray scattering experiments (e.g., lattice dynamics, crystal structure, disorder and thermal diffuse scattering, data analysis, and some modeling).
  • Work with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.
  • Publish papers in key journals and present at key meetings.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
Requested Profile

Qualifications Required

PhD degree in materials science, physics, engineering, or closely related field. The ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience is required. The incumbent must be motivated, safety conscious, and possess good interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills. Possession of a record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences is required, as is the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues. Candidate must have the ability to work independently.

Qualifications Desired:
Training and/or experience in neutron or x-ray scattering is desired with some understanding of the applications of materials theory being helpful.
In addition to these research responsibilities, the incumbent will interact regularly with senior scientists, program managers, and group members.

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.


Dr. Michael Manley

How to Apply

Position reports to and the Scattering and Thermophysics group leader, MST Division. Interfaces with administrative staff, managers, and visitors to ORNL.

Please contact for further information about the position and application process. The ORNL jobs website is http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/careers

11. May 2014
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