[Neutron] NISTOperator for the High Resolution Powder Neutron Diffractometer and Laboratory Responsible

Hernandez, Yamali yamali.hernondez at nist.gov
Wed Mar 3 17:21:47 CET 2010

Operator for the High Resolution Powder Neutron Diffractometer and Laboratory Responsible
NIST Center for Neutron Research
National Institute of Standards and Technology

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is seeking an operator for the high resolution neutron powder diffractometer with responsibilities covering day-to-day operation of several sample preparation laboratories. The NCNR is a national user facility that develops and makes available to the general scientific community advanced neutron instrumentation. The high-resolution neutron powder diffractometer enables the determination of atomic and magnetic structures of solid-state materials though Rietveld or other methods of analysis. One quarter of the instrument time is allocated to a "mail-in" service, where scientists with successful peer-reviewed proposals directly send samples for measurement, and the resulting data is returned for analysis.

In addition to operating the mail-in service, the applicant would act as one of the laboratory responsibles for our sample preparation laboratories. The sample preparation laboratories offer users and staff the equipment and supplies necessary to make, characterize and/or prepare their samples in a safe environment.

Responsibilities include supporting staff and researchers in the use of the diffraction instrument; running the mail-in service; sample handling and setup of sample environment equipment; assist in the organization and maintenance of the sample preparation laboratories; supporting staff and researchers in the use of the laboratories.

The position is full time and requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, or Physics. Successful candidates must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, organizational and mechanical skills, as well as proficiency with general computing environments. They must be able to work effectively in a team as well as efficiently perform assigned independent tasks.

Expressions of interest along with a resume should be sent (preferably electronically) to:

Yamali Hernandez
yamali at nist.gov<mailto:yamali at nist.gov>
100 Bureau Dr. Bldg. 235
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

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