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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Polarized Neutron Scattering Study of Magnetic Materials

Date: Sep 13, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8806 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory 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.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Neutron Optics and Polarization Group in the Neutron Technologies Division (NTD), Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The postdoctoral research associate who will help develop next-generation spherical neutron polarimetry (SNP) at HFIR and SNS and use this new technique along with other neutron scattering methods to study complex magnetic materials. As a postdoc, you will have the opportunity to drive the project forward by identifying and pursuing promising research directions.  


As part of our research team, you will work closely with neutron instrument scientists and the sample environment team both at HFIR and SNS to deliver the state-of-art SNP technique on multiple neutron instruments. Your research will involve performing elastic, inelastic and polarized neutron scattering measurements on single crystal samples using the world-leading instruments at HFIR and SNS.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and optimize spherical neutron polarimetry for HFIR and SNS instruments
  • Perform neutron scattering studies of magnetic materials using the developed SNP technique and other related methods
  • Develop software required for the operation of the devices and data analysis
  • Collaborate with instrument scientists at HFIR and SNS as well as researchers from universities and other research institutions
  • Publish results in scientific journals, conference proceedings and ORNL technical reports as appropriate
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain a commitment to the implementation of laboratory values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment
  • Candidates must be willing to work in a team environment on technically and scientifically challenging topics
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in polarized neutron scattering
  • Two years of experience of using neutron scattering methods such as diffraction, spectroscopy, small angle scattering and reflectometry
  • A strong background in condensed matter physics
  • Experience in the development of novel techniques as well as a demonstrated proficiency in computer programming and data acquisition
  • 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


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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 for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.


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