[Neutron] ORNL10-141-NSSD - Postgraduate Instrument Associate in the ToF Inelastic Group

Smith, Deborah Ann smithda at ornl.gov
Thu Jul 1 22:19:07 CEST 2010

Postgraduate Instrument Associate
in the 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
* May give work direction to technicians, craft workers, and less experienced


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. Christoph Wildgruber,
wildgrubercu 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

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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