Oak Ridge, Tennessse, USA
This Instrument Scientist will be based at the Spallation Neutron Source, and will work with another existing Instrument Scientist to commission, operate, and develop a scientific program (user-based and in-house) for the elastic diffuse scattering instrument CORELLI. This instrument is in the final stages of construction and will begin commissioning in May 2014. Once commissioning of CORELLI is completed, it will enter the user program as part of the instrument suite that makes up ORNL’s Neutron Scattering Facility. CORELLI is one of the most innovative instruments in the facility, and will be the springboard to grow into the broad area of disorder in crystals as it can be studied by neutron diffuse scattering.
This staff position will be within the Structure of Matter Group in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division.
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 27 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:
Work Directions and Interfaces
Reports to the Leader of the Structure of Matter Group in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division. Communicates effectively with group members, users, support staff, and management to develop a diffuse scattering research program using CORELLI.
Measures of Effectiveness
Development and implementation of effective operation of CORELLI, building a vibrant user community for CORELLI, excellent scientific productivity (publications and outreach).
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in material science, physics, chemistry, or related fields, with 1-2 years of post-doctoral experience. Must have experience working on forefront problems in crystallography and related structural science using scattering techniques. Must have experience working with a broad spectrum of people in a research environment. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate a scientific publication record.
Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment physical exam and drug screen which must be administered and cleared before employment can begin.
Experience in conducting research at major facilities is highly desirable. Experience in characterizing the diffuse scattering with computational methods is preferred. We will give preference to candidates in chemical crystallography and materials science disciplines to complement the expertise of the existing instrument scientist. Experience with instrument development, instrument support, software and programming development, particularly at a neutron or x-ray synchrotron facility, is highly desired.
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