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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Spectral Imaging

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Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4308 

Description of job (as it will be advertised): The Isotope Applications Research Group (IARG) within the Radioisotope Research and Development Section, Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate (ISED), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking applications for one Post-Doctoral Research Associate to support research and development (R&D) efforts in the areas of isotope production and energy programs.


The IARG uses ORNL’s unique capabilities, including High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and the Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), to conduct research with radioisotopes and to supply difficult-to-produce isotopes in support of the Department of Energy (DOE) mission. The IARG is responsible for radioisotope applications research and development. IARG partners with government agencies, industry, and the medical community to lead the development of devices, components, systems, and techniques utilizing radioisotopes that meet customer needs, specifications, and function. This includes a variety of specific applications including medical isotopes for the treatment of disease, development of new radioisotope power sources for space and terrestrial applications, the use of radioisotopes in super-heavy-element research, and other uses. The group enables deployment of radioisotope technologies through scientific capabilities for characterizing, measuring and controlling material properties and process behavior. Activities include developing capabilities to study isotope properties and radiation effects, collaboration with technology developers and users on development of materials and systems with tailored properties and behavior and training the next generation of technical experts in radioisotope and nuclear energy science. The IARG works closely with other groups within the RSTD as well as researchers in other directorates across ORNL to deliver on our R&D mission.


This position within the IARG will support ongoing R&D efforts to utilize advanced characterization techniques to understand material properties and behaviors important to advanced energy systems as well as isotope production and applications. The successful candidate will work with experienced scientists, engineers, and technicians to support R&D efforts in these areas with a focus on exploring new and improving existing spectral imaging characterization approaches.


ORNL is one of the pre-eminent multidisciplinary research facilities in the Nation, located about 40 miles northwest of Knoxville, TN. ORNL is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory and is managed by UT‑Battelle, LLC. ORNL is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity in our workforce.



The Radioisotope Science and Technology Division (RSTD), Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking candidates for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Spectral Imaging position within the Isotope Applications Research Group (IARG).



Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate must be a highly capable chemist, physicist, or engineer able to assist in development and implementation of advanced characterization and data analysis techniques to understand the properties and behaviors of materials being considered for advanced energy systems. Specifically, the successful candidate will help develop analytical approaches, such as those based on optical spectroscopic techniques, to obtain spatially resolved spectral information on a variety of metal, graphitic, ceramic, and other material types of interest for advanced energy systems. In addition to measurement technique development, the successful candidate help develop data analysis approaches using machine learning and model-informed analysis. The candidate will be expected to independently solve technical problems and be able to effectively communicate their work through oral presentations and peer reviewed publications. The successful candidate will work in a team environment, interacting with other ORNL staff, both within and outside the IARG. The successful candidate will also assist senior staff with the development of R&D proposals and planning, coordinating, and reporting R&D activities in support of various technical areas.


Qualifications Required: Candidates must have a PhD in materials science and engineering, chemistry, physics or a relevant engineering field. Previous experience with characterization and analytical techniques for determining the properties and composition of materials is required. Preference will be given to those who have experience with laser spectroscopy (especially laser induced breakdown spectroscopy). Experience analyzing data, especially spatially resolved spectral/hyperspectral data, experience with chemometric and machine learning approaches is highly desired.


This position may also require access to technology and information that is subject to export control requirements.  Successful candidates must be qualified for such access without an export control license. 



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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