[Neutron] Detector Scientist

Barker, Buffie M. barkerbm at ornl.gov
Fri Dec 3 00:20:54 CET 2010

Applications for a Detector Scientist are now being accepted.

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates two world class neutron scattering facilities, the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source.  At these facilities several thousand state of the art neutron detectors are used to carry out research in the physical sciences.  To insure that these continue to be cutting edge facilities, the detector team supports the activities of the neutron scattering instruments that are in the users program, manufactures and installs detector systems for new instruments, and develops new neutron detectors for future applications.  These facilities are experiencing rapid growth, and to keep pace the detector team is looking for a scientist who can make a significant contribution in all three areas.  This scientist would provide high level support for operating instruments, lead team members who will build and install new systems, and successfully complete neutron detector research that will benefit science in many fields including research at neutron scattering facilities worldwide. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.


*         Works independently or in collaboration with other SNS and HFIR scientists to develop and evaluate concepts for new neutron scattering or imaging detectors.

*         Develops new neutron detector systems to improve the quality of science at neutron scattering facilities.

*         Provides expert level support to the scientific teams designing and operating instruments.

*         Leads detector teams for the production and installation of detector systems.

*         Act as a point of contact to help external detector researchers focus on the needs of the neutron imaging and scattering communities.

A Master's degree in physics and electrical engineering and a minimum of five years of experience as a Detector Scientist, preferably in a neutron scattering environment, are required; however, preference will be given to Detector Scientists with senior-level experience of 10 plus years and a PhD in physics or electrical engineering, or an equivalent combination of training, education, and experience in detector development and production. Strong experience with scintillator or gaseous detector development and hardware, particularly within large-scale projects, is required. Strong written and oral communication skills and the desire to work in a team environment on technically-challenging problems are required. Demonstrated skills in working with broad scientific communities would be beneficial.

To apply for this position:       http://jobs.ornl.gov

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