21. May 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Beam Instrumentation
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Beam Instrumentation
21. May 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Beam Instrumentation
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Beam Instrumentation
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Accelerator Physics, Beam Instrumentation and Ion Source Group in the Research Accelerator Division (RAD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral research associate. Applications are sought from creative and motivated individuals who will participate in the development and research program in beam instrumentation for the SNS accelerator systems. This research is expected to be done in a team environment on technically and scientifically challenging problems. A significant amount of effort will be devoted to improving the performance and availability of the existing beam instrumentation systems.

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 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: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Job description

Major Duties/Responsibilities
The successful candidate will work with the Accelerator Physics, Beam Instrumentation and Ion Source group as well as with other RAD groups, to:

  • Continue development of a wide band feedback system for mitigating e-p instability in the SNS storage ring.
  • Support obsolescence mitigation program for the SNS beam instrumentation by leading design efforts for new analog electronics for various beam instrumentation systems.
  • Publish scientific papers on this research
  • Present scientific results at appropriate national and international conferences.

Requested Profile

Qualifications Required:
A Ph.D. in experimental physics or electrical engineering, or other related science fields is required. Applicants must have received their PhD within five years of this application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

*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.

Qualifications Desired:
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in accelerators of charged beams, beam instrumentation, design of
printed circuit boards, design of low power electronics and programming in LabView. Strong written and oral communications
skills are preferred.

How to Apply

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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Notice: If the position requires a Security Clearance, reviews and tests for the absence of any illegal drug as defined in 10
CFR 707.4 will be conducted by the employer and a background investigation by the Federal government may be required to obtain an access authorization prior to employment and subsequent reinvestigations may be required.

If the position is covered by the Counterintelligence Evaluation Program regulations at 10 CFR 709, a counterintelligence evaluation may include a counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination.

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.

14. July 2014
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