[Neutron] ORNL: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engineering Materials / NB50534777
McCormick, B. Logan
mccormickbl at ornl.gov
Mon Feb 8 17:12:03 CET 2016
Job Posting Title
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engineering Materials / NB50543777
End Posting Date
The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) 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 30 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 Engineering Diffraction Group in the Chemical and Engineering Materials Division (CEMD) has an immediate opening for
a post-doctoral research associate with experience and expertise in engineering mechanics and neutron scattering.
Applications are sought from highly creative and motivated individuals who will join an interdisciplinary team utilizing the 2nd
Generation Neutron Residual Stress Facility (NRSF2) instrument (beamline HB-2B) at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
to study the residual stresses in engineering materials and study in-situ the elastic response of materials under applied
mechanical loading. Additional information and specifications for this instrument may be found on the ORNL Neutron
Sciences website: http://neutrons.ornl.gov/nrsf2/. It is expected that the candidate will have opportunities to use other neutron
scattering instruments at SNS and HFIR to pursue their scientific interests over the course of their appointment.
*Conduct original research on mechanical properties of advanced engineering materials using NRSF2 and other instruments
*Write and publish high quality scientific papers on this research.
*Assist with local contact duties for external Users on NRSF2 with complementary scientific interests.
*Enhance and extend capabilities for data acquisition in collaboration with the data acquisition team at HFIR.
*Assist or lead in developing and testing user-friendly data reduction and analysis software.
* Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
* Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
* The duties of this job will require the use of hand and eye protection gear, kneeling, sitting and standing for extended
periods of time, working with sample environment equipment, and possible exposure to ionization radiation normally
associated with operation of neutron scattering instruments for scientific research.
Must have completed a Ph.D. in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, or closely related discipline within the last 5 years
to be considered. Applicants must have an understanding of stress/strain as it relates to engineering materials. Knowledge of
mechanics of materials is a necessity. Must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
Prior user or postdoctoral experience on engineering beamlines at neutron sources (CW or TOF).
It is preferred that the candidate has extensive knowledge in programming in Labview/Python for use in data analysis. The
position would involve an opportunity to perform an extensive re-write/upgrade of the analysis software currently used on
NRSF for data reduction. There is also a possibility for adding functionality to the current data acquisition software (Labview).
Experience with MatLab would be useful.
To apply, please send curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests, and contact details for three academic
references through the application system. For technical questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Andrew
Payzant (payzanta at ornl.gov), Chemical and Engineering Materials Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, PO Box 2008,
MS-6475, Oak Ridge, TN 37831. Please reference this position title in your correspondence
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or
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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected
veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.
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