[Neutron] Neutron Diffraction Instrument Scientist

Leighton Coates coatesl at SNS.GOV
Thu Jan 3 09:41:41 CST 2008

Neutron Diffraction Instrument Scientist

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 
invites applications for Neutron Diffraction Instrument Scientist. With 
the world’s highest flux reactor-based neutron source (the High Flux 
Isotope Reactor) and the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based 
neutron source (the Spallation Neutron Source), ORNL has become the 
world's foremost center for neutron science. Research at these 
facilities will encompass the physical, chemical, materials, biological, 
and medical sciences and will provide opportunities for up to 2000 
researchers each year from industry, research facilities, and 
universities all over the world. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at 
ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

Responsibilities & Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be a member of a team to develop new 
world-leading capabilities for crystallography to service many aspects 
of scientific research using single-crystal neutron diffraction. The 
TOPAZ single crystal neutron diffractometer is part of the SNS 
Instruments Next Generation Project (SING) and is scheduled for 
commissioning early in FY2009. TOPAZ is designed to perform elastic 
scattering experiments under controlled environmental conditions to 
probe material structures and responses. Enabling to measure the same 
single crystal sample with neutron as with X-ray diffraction was the 
guiding design principle of TOPAZ. TOPAZ will address problems and 
greatly expand the range of materials explored in chemistry, earth 
sciences, materials science, solid-state physics, and biology.

Major duties and responsibilities:

• Will develop and lead, together with the Lead Instrument Scientist, 
the scientific program for the TOPAZ single crystal neutron diffraction 
instrument in the Neutron Scattering Science Division, which includes 
both the SNS and HFIR facilities.
• Works well within the TOPAZ team, single crystal diffraction group and 
with other SNS staff and research groups to conduct world leading 
research at SNS.
• Interacts with other scientists within the team to maximize scientific 
output on the TOPAZ instrument.
• Interacts with shop personnel, and external suppliers and contractors 
to support instrument development during construction and for further 
• Contributes profound knowledge of software packages and applications 
related to small and large molecule data processing and analysis software
• Contributes profound knowledge in programming languages like C/C++, 
Labview, or similar and contributed to data analysis packages or 
• Develops links with the User Community and conduct research in small 
and large molecule crystallography and structural analysis using neutron 
• Ensures compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality 
program requirements including ISMS
• Maintains a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation 
of laboratory values and ethics.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Ph.D. plus postdoctoral experience in chemical 
crystallography, physics, material science or a structural chemistry 
discipline, involving neutron and/or x-ray diffraction, or equivalent 
combination of training and experience, is required. Strong written and 
oral communication skills and the desire to work in a team environment 
on technically and scientifically challenging problems are required. 
Experience with instrument, software and programming development, 
particularly at a neutron or x-ray synchrotron facility, is desired. 
Software and programming skills for object oriented and specific 
diffraction problems are a plus.

ORNL offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

Apply at http://jobs.ornl.gov/

This position will remain open for a minimum of three weeks after which 
it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

Please submit your resume, references, and publication list in one file. 
We only accept Microsoft Word documents. Resumes from third party 
vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the 
candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email 
Helpdesk at icims.com.

UT-Battelle is committed to achieving its strategic business objectives 
by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse workforce.

Prof Leighton Coates
Lead Instrument Scientist: Protein Diffractometer (MaNDi)
Professor of Chemistry (University of Toledo)
Spallation Neutron Source
P.O. Box 2008
MS 6475
Oak Ridge
TN 37831
Phone	865-241-3427
Web	http://neutrons.ornl.gov
Email 	coatesl at sns.gov
Fax 	(865) 576-0174    	

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