[Neutron] Oak Ridge National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soft Matter Materials

Schwengels, Caty schwengelsce at ornl.gov
Wed Dec 12 18:37:42 CET 2012

The Structure of Matter Group in the Quantum Condensed Matter Division (QCMD) of the Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking candidates for a new postdoctoral research position in the area of soft and condensed matter materials. The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2000 visiting scientists. The QCMD is responsible for the scientific and user programs on several of the neutron scattering instruments at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov<http://neutrons.ornl.gov/>.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will join multi-disciplinary research teams of condensed and soft matter scientists at ORNL and actively participate in on-going research activities of the groups. The candidate will be encouraged to develop his own independent and collaborative research while supporting funded research programs. The post represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and interact with leading scientists from around the world.

The successful candidate will take part in the project connected to the development of high efficiency organic electronics, including organic photovoltaic using, in particular advanced scattering technique of neutron reflectometry combined with X-ray and AFM characterization.  His/her research interests should range from the sample preparation to performing the experiments, and modeling theory for the data analysis to understand the properties and the structure of the systems. Neutron reflectometry with off-specular scattering performed on SNS reflectometers allows probing nanosystems with multiple length scales. This technique gives a unique possibility to have access to the transverse and lateral structure and density profiles in thin films and multilayers. A comprehensive analysis of the microstructure encoded in the scattered neutron intensity will prove the controlled tailoring of an increasing variety of nanostructures that brings new physics to light.

It is expected that close collaborative relationships with the postdoctoral mentor and other members of QCMD and other staff at SNS and HFIR will be established.  The candidate is expected to publish research results in scientific journals and ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.


*         Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or related science is required.

*         Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals and the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems are required.

*         Expertise in scattering methods and theory, soft matter science, or modeling and simulation are strongly desired.

Technical Questions:
Questions regarding the positions can be directed to Dr. Valeria Lauter (lauterv at ornl.gov<mailto:lauterv at ornl.gov>) or Dr. Bryan Chakoumakos (chakoumakobc at ornl.gov<mailto:chakoumakobc at ornl.gov>).

Additional Information:
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. Certain exceptions may be considered. This position is a temporary, full-time assignment for 24 months.

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

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