Associate Instrument Scientist - Ultra-Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

Date: Mar 20, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12723 


We are seeking an emerging Instrument Scientist for the Ultra-Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Instrument (USANS).

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) are world-leading facilities and the scientific center of a diverse, international, and inclusive neutron scattering community!


The position resides in the SANS and Spin Echo Group, part of the Large Scale Structures Section of the Neutron Scattering Division at ORNL. In this position you will be a member of the team supporting users of the Time-of-Flight USANS instrument at the SNS. You will participate in local contact duties for users of the USANS instrument. Local contact responsibilities include helping users develop USANS experiments and beam time proposals, training users to perform data acquisition and analysis, setting up experiments and ensuring safe operation. You will engage in a variety of developments related to the operation of the instrument, such as upgrades, sample environments and software. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a research program, whether it be self-directed, through collaborations, or both!

Successful candidates will be selected via a panel interview process. If this position interests you and you meet the basic qualifications please apply.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct a high quality research program, build national and international collaborations.
  • Publish research results in scientific journals and present your work at scientific meetings.
  • Assist instrument users as a local contact by engaging in experiment planning, instrument setup, user training, data acquisition and data analysis.
  • Pursue instrumentation, sample environment and software developments to advance the performance of the suite of SANS instruments at ORNL.
  • Engage in strategic outreach efforts to expand and diversify the user community.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
  • Ensure an inclusive work environment for a diverse community of users, staff, postdocs, and students.
  • As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL’s Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct and a statement by the Lab Director’s Office can be found here:
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety and Service.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or related field.
  • A strong record of research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ultra-small-angle neutron and/or X-ray scattering and related analysis.
  • Experience with software development for data analysis and modeling.
  • Experience supporting a beamline or beamlines in a neutron or X-ray user facility.
  • Proven ability to work with technical and scientific support groups, graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and other research scientists working in academia and industry.


Other Requirements:

  • Please provide a full list of publications when applying for this position.
  • If you are selected for interview, you may be required to submit a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.


Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, and Employee Discounts. Relocation Assistance is available for certain positions.


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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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