[Neutron] ORNL: General Purpose SANS Instrument Scientist / NB50601917
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Job Posting Title
General Purpose SANS Instrument Scientist / NB50601917
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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, these facilities carry 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 Biology and Soft Matter Division (BSMD) of the NScD at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking an outstanding
candidate for Instrument Scientist who can build a program in Rheo-SANS characterization on the General Purpose Small
Angle Neutron Scattering Diffractometer (GP-SANS) at HFIR.
The Instrument Scientist will report to the Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group Leader in BSMD, and will:
- Participate in user support, instrument development, and research activities on the GP-SANS.
- Assist users as a local contact for experimental setup, data acquisition, and data analysis.
- Champion developments in combinations of neutron scattering instrumentation with various soft condensed matter
characterization tools to help maintain and further develop the performance of the GP-SANS and its neutron science
- Develop a high-quality personal research program to study the influence of external stimuli on soft condensed matter that is
well aligned with the Division mission.
- Publish research results in scientific journals, maintain a strong commitment to the implementation of ORNL values and
ethics and ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements.
Candidates with Ph.D. and post-doctoral or equivalent experience in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related fields
will be considered. Must have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience past a PhD, and experience with X-ray or neutron
scattering techniques. An in-depth knowledge of rheological methods is also required.
Strong written and oral communication skills and the demonstrated ability to work in a team environment on scientifically
challenging problems are required.
- 6 or more years of relevant experience and a strong background in Soft Condensed Matter Science.
- A track record of successful user support at a neutron or x-ray scattering facility is desired.
- Ph.D.-level or post-doctoral employment experience at a neutron scattering or synchrotron facility is desired.
- Demonstrated ability to work with graduate students, post docs and other research scientists from academia and industry.
- Demonstrated ability to work with support/technical groups to advance sample environment, data reduction, and data
analysis of reflectivity data.
Work Directions and Interfaces
This position will report to the Structure and Dynamics of Soft Matter Group Leader in BSMD and works closely with research
staff in BSMD and CEMD. The candidate is expected to take advantage of opportunities to build collaborations with other
Directorates within ORNL.
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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