[Neutron] Job Posting: SANS/USANS Scientist

Hernandez, Yamali yamali.hernandez at nist.gov
Mon Feb 24 19:03:56 CET 2014


The Macromolecular and Microstructure Sciences (MMS) team <http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/programs/sans> at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR)<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/> is seeking a research scientist with a strong record of creativity and achievement in any area of nano- and micro-scale science, or instrumentation science. The candidate should complement and expand current scientific activities of the group. The NCNR is a world leader in neutron sciences with 28 operating instruments serving more than 2200 research participants/year resulting in over 300 scientific publications/year (annual<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/AnnualReport> reports available). The MMS team is responsible for operating two 30-m Small Angle Neutron Scattering instruments (SANS - NG3<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/instruments/ng3sans/> and NG7<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/instruments/ng7sans/>) and one ultra-SANS (USANS)<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/instruments/usans/> instrument, the design of a new very-SANS (VSANS) instrument, and helping staff and support the nSoft<http://www.nist.gov/nsoft/> industrial consortium 10m SANS. Combined, these instruments probe structural features in materials ranging from 1nm to 20,000nm. Besides the wide array of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering instruments, the Center operates a variety of complementary facilities<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/userlab/equipment.html>, from X-ray diffractometers to optical spectrometers, and has access to a wide range of other state-of-the-art equipment through partnerships with other NIST labs, particularly the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology<http://www.cnst.nist.gov/> and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research<https://ibbr.umd.edu/>.  The team is further assisted by an outstanding cadre of NCNR support staff including engineers, mechanical technicians, the sample environment team, and laboratory support personnel.
The position requires a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or related field. Small angle scattering experience is desirable but not required. Strong preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience. Experience in developing neutron instrumentation components and data analysis software, particularly using C and/or python will be an advantage. Special consideration will be given to soft matter scientists and rheologists.
Applicant should have the leadership skills required to build a thriving interdisciplinary/collaborative research program and a demonstrated ability/interest in developing new instrumentation/new techniques. Candidates must have the ability to effectively communicate results to a wide variety of audiences, and an understanding of the critical value of consulting broadly, inside and outside the organization, to problem solving. A commitment to teaching is desirable as the candidate will be expected to teach or co-teach in summer schools<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/summerschool>, workshops, tutorials and have the opportunity to advise or co-advise summer undergraduates<http://www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/>, postdocs<http://www.nist.gov/iaao/postdoc.cfm>, and possibly graduate students, as well as help teach university courses.
Aside from conducting a research program in a relevant area, core responsibilities include helping visiting researchers conduct experiments, participating in various instrument activities including maintenance and upgrades, and developing new scientific tools such as modeling software or novel sample environments. Initial appointment is for up to four years. Salary is in the range from $70,000 to $85,000 depending on qualifications and experience. The position is open continuously until filled; early application recommended.
Expressions of interest, along with a resume and research plan, should be sent (preferably electronically) to:
Paul Butler
100 Bureau Drive
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-6102
Tel: (301) 975-2028
Fax: (301) 921-9847
Email: butler at nist.gov<mailto:butler at nist.gov>
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