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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Cryo Transmission Electron Microscopy

Date: Sep 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5678 


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with expertise in Cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy (Cryo-TEM), who will focus on the development and implementation of advanced Cryo-TEM techniques to study materials for rare-earth element separations.  This position resides in the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) Group in the Nanomaterials Characterization Section, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our research team, you will conduct TEM experiments with samples under cryogenic environment at the nanometer scale.  You will work with the protocols to prepare samples for the cryo-TEM experiments. Additionally, you will develop new analytical methods and work closely with team members who specialize in synthesis, theory, X-ray and neutron scattering, and electron microscopy.  A successful candidate should have a strong demonstrated background in Cryo-TEM. Previous experience with cryo-TEM sample preparation and STEM is a plus. 


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for publishing scientific results in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or related discipline within the last five years.
  • Experience in hands-on Cryo-TEM



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Background with hands-on experience in TEM/STEM
  • Background in sample preparation for TEM in a cryogenic environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


Postdocs: Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.


Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.


Physical Requirements: Work involves various physical requirements and working conditions. As such, a pre-hire physical will be required after offer.


Project Hire: This is a temporary assignment of two years with potential for extension.



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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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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