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R&D Associate - Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopist

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Date: Dec 19, 2018

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 292 

We are looking for an R&D Associate in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you will conduct research on translon metal oxides and topological quantum materials to lead ORNL’s ongoing efforts in quantum materials for emerging information and energy technologies. You will have access to a new unique, ultrahigh vacuum deposition and spectroscopy system combining molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), pulsed laser deposition (PLD),  unique spectroscopy tools such as dynamic X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) systems, and a state-of-the-art spin- and angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (APRES) system. This position resides in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group, Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
• Utilize a modular system combining synthesis and real time characterization with PLD, MBE, XPS, and ARPES
• Maintain and perform research mainly with ARPES
• Develop and participate in proposal writing, including user proposals to gain access to DOE-funded user facilities
• Deliver science to DOE funded programs
• Mentoring postdoctoral researchers
• Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
• Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
• Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
• Work with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity

Basic Qualifications:
• A PhD in condensed matter physics, materials science, or a closely related science discipline
• A minimum of two years of post-PhD experience with experience in electron spectroscopy
• Experience and track record in the physics of correlated oxides or topological materials

Preferred Qualifications:
• Extensive experience in ARPES
• A strong record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at major conferences
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international scientific audience
• Ability to work with a measure of autonomy, but also in a team environment to interact effectively with your colleagues, develop new collaborations to improve scientific understanding, and accept flexibility in research assignments
• Familiarity with numerical data analysis and customization of control software (Labview)
• Experience with the use and data analysis of x-ray diffraction (XRD), physical property measurement system (PPMS), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), scanning probes, soft x-rays, and/or neutron scattering

Special Requirement:
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  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.


Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   
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