26. July 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate
X-Ray and Neutron Scattering from Novel Metal Alloys
26. July 2014 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Associate
X-Ray and Neutron Scattering from Novel Metal Alloys
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA


The Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in X-ray and neutron scattering from novel metal alloys as part of the recently funded Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). This four-year project aims to develop a fundamental understanding of energy dissipation mechanisms to control defect evolution in novel structural alloys in a radiation environment. The postdoctoral research associate will work closely with Dr. Eliot Specht and collaboratively with other experimentalists and theorists in the EDDE center. The Center provides considerable opportunity for joint experiment-theory effort and publications. This position resides in the Scattering and Thermophysics Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) within the Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Description of Institution

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy national laboratory in the Department of Energy system. ORNL’s scientific programs focus on materials, neutron science, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security

Job description

Main Duties

  • Integrate elastic and inelastic x-ray and neutron scattering experiments at user facilities to study the lattice dynamics, local atomic order, defect population, and magnetic structure of novel structural alloys, both before and after irradiation
  • Participate in the large integrated team of computational and experimental scientists, post docs, and students within the EDDE Center
  • Responsible for presenting and reporting research results and publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
Requested Profile


  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, or a closely related field; must have completed all degree requirements before starting their appointment, and be within five years of receiving their Doctorate
  • Experience in the use of x-ray and/or neutron scattering for advanced structural characterization
  • Ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Motivated and safety conscious and possess excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Capable of innovative research with minimal supervision and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues

Eliot Specht

How to Apply

Visit http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/careers , click on “view open positions”, and search for NC50440953.

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