[Neutron] Oak Ridge National Laboratory Postdoctoral Position in Biology and Soft Matter Division

Schwengels, Caty schwengelsce at ornl.gov
Wed Dec 19 22:00:32 CET 2012

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Scattering and Rheology of Soft Matter

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists. HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation. To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.

The Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter group, in the Biology and Soft Matter Division (BSMD) of the Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to develop a program in collaboration with the Procter & Gamble Company in the area of structure and dynamics of soft materials under applied shear stress.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
This post doc position is a one-year contract, renewable for a second year depending on funding and performance. Applicants should have a strong interest in understanding the fundamental interaction mechanisms in soft materials e.g. polymers, colloids, surfactants, and membranes. The successful candidate will develop a vigorous research program using modeling, experiment, and theory to understand self-assembled soft systems primarily using neutron scattering techniques (e.g. small angle neutron scattering (SANS), rheo-SANS, and Neutron Spin Echo). Thus, the candidate's research interests should range from studying microscopic to mesoscopic length scales and the corresponding temporal ranges.

*             Ph.D. in Physics, Applied Physics, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or related science is required.
*             The candidate is expected to publish research results in scientific journals and ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
*             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.
*             Experience in rheology, soft matter science, and modeling and simulation is strongly desired.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Gregory Smith (smithgs1 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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