[Neutron] Postgraduate Instrument Associate - ToF Inelastic Group

Smith, Deborah Ann smithda at ornl.gov
Thu Mar 18 21:40:16 CET 2010

Postgraduate Instrument Associate - ToF Inelastic Group

Neutron Scattering Sciences Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Project Description:

The Neutron Scattering Science Division (NSSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for positions as Neutron Scattering Instrument Associates in the Time of Flight Inelastic Scattering Group. The mission of the division is to carry out and enable excellent and vibrant science programs using neutron scattering instruments by supporting a world-class user science program, developing and participating in signature science programs across ORNL, and conducting cutting-edge in-house research. The NSSD is responsible for operating and developing the neutron scattering instruments located at both the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). Research at the facilities encompasses the physical, chemical, biological, medical and materials sciences.

The Neutron Scattering Instrument Associate serves as the technical specialist in supporting day-to-day neutron beam line operation and assists facility users and NSSD personnel in the performance of experiments and subsequent data analysis.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

* Works with and provides technical guidance to users and NSSD Instrument Scientists in the performance of experiments and analysis.

* Serves as the technical specialist for the operation and maintenance of sophisticated equipment used for neutron scattering.

* Plans and leads in the testing and evaluation of new or developmental equipment.

* Ensures that beam line operations are performed under safe and environmentally sound conditions and that NSSD users perform their experiments in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

* Proposes, develops, and presents procedures for operating and maintaining beamline equipment.

* May give work direction to technicians, craft workers, and less experienced personnel.


M.S. degree in science, engineering or related field, or B.S. degree plus 2 years of experience in a science or engineering field. Good communications and interpersonal skills required. Ability to work in a team environment required. Demonstrated computer literacy including proficiency in word processing required. Direct experience working on neutron scattering related instruments and software is highly desirable. Must be capable of working with scientists and engineers from verbal or written instructions. Must have demonstrated the ability to bridge the gap between other technical disciplines during installation, commissioning, and operations. Periods of moderate travel and off-normal work hours will be required. Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Technical Questions:

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Georg Ehlers (ehlersg at ornl.gov) or Dr. Mark Hagen (hagenme at ornl.gov). Please include the requisition number and title when corresponding.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at https://www2.orau.gov/ORNL_POST/. All applicants will need to register before they can begin the online application. For complete instructions, on how to apply, please see the instructions at http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/ornl/ornl-pdpm/application.htm.
This appointment is offered through the ORNL Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S. citizens without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran

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