[Neutron] ORNL10-128-NSSD: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron and/or X-ray Diffraction

Smith, Deborah Ann smithda at ornl.gov
Fri Jun 25 19:29:26 CEST 2010

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron and/or X-ray Diffraction

Neutron Scattering Science Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Project Description:

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for a Neutron Scattering Instrument Scientist for the Nanoscale Ordered Materials Diffractometer (NOMAD) instrument located at the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS). NOMAD is designed to study the atomic structure of a wide range of materials from liquids and glasses to long range ordered crystals. It is optimized for the determination of pair distribution functions. The high neutron flux at the sample and the large detector coverage will enable parametric studies of the structure as a function of external parameters such as time, temperature, pressure, chemical composition. NOMAD is scheduled to open the shutter for commissioning summer 2010. The successful candidate will be a team member to provide operational support for NOMAD and to develop a vigorous scientific program associated with the instrument.

Major duties and responsibilities:

* Will work with Lead Instrument Scientist and Scientific Associate to provide user support. This will include helping users to develop user proposals, conduct experiments, and analyze data.

* Will maintain the instrument and coordinate with support groups to make sure that the instrument is ready for each user experiment.

* Will work with other staff and research groups at ORNL to conduct world leading research using instruments at ORNL.

* Will work with the team to conceive, plan, and execute upgrades of the instrument. This will include both hardware and software.


Ph.D. plus postdoctoral experience in material science, physics, mechanical engineering, or related fields, 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 facility is desirable. Prior experience with structure determination via pair distribution functions is an advantage but not 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 Jörg Neuefeind at neuefeindjc 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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