Postdoctoral Research Associate - Quantum Phenomena in Complex Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures

Date: Sep 17, 2023

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 11194 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) 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 focus on the physics of correlated and topological quantum heterostructures.  This position resides in the Quantum Heterostructures Group in the Foundational Materials Science Section, Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  


As part of our research team, you will work in a highly collaborative environment with a broad range of expertise, including epitaxial film growth, quantum transport, ARPES, EELS, neutron/x-ray scattering, and spectroscopy. You will perform cutting-edge research on correlated and topological quantum heterostructures, including epitaxial thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition, characterization, analyzing data, and writing papers.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Epitaxial film growth of complex-oxide thin films and heterostructures by pulsed laser deposition
  • Device fabrication and physical property characterizations
  • Experience using synchrotron or neutron user facilities
  • Data analysis of structural, electronic, magnetic, and topological properties
  • Work with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity
  • Publish scientific papers in high level journals and present at key meetings
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and nurturing of ORNL values and ethics
  • Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, or a closely related field completed within the last 5 years
  • Demonstrated track record in the physics of correlated oxides or topological materials
  • Expertise in thin film growth by pulsed laser deposition


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience with device fabrication is of high priority
  • Knowledge of correlated-electron physics and topological materials.
  • Proficiency with scripting or programmatic languages, such as Python, Igor, and labview
  • 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 rapidly 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.


Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented 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: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Pet Insurance, 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, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.


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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