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Surface Analysis and PMI- Senior R&D Staff Member

Date: Jun 10, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5306 



The Diagnostics & Control (D&C) Group within the Burning Plasma Foundations (BPF) Section of the Fusion Energy Division (FED) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for a Research Scientist with experience in material analysis hardware to make significant contributions to projects involving fusion research, instrumentation of mission-critical systems, and other research projects. The D&C group carries out experiment-based research and development work in support of ongoing science and technology research for the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program in the Office of Science.


Major Duties/ Responsibilities:


  • Lead the design, development, installation, and utilization of the Surface Analysis Station that will be co-located with the Material Plasma Exposure Experiment (MPEX).  This includes the selection of instrumentation that will be used in the scientific exploration of materials exposed to high-heat flux plasmas.
  • Conduct research on processes that arise from the interaction of plasmas and material surfaces, for example in the context of plasma facing components located in fusion-relevant research devices, such as the MPEX linear plasma device.
  • Build collaborative relationships with international and domestic scientists in support of research to understand the physics of plasma material interactions and to develop viable materials for use in plasma facing components.
  • Routinely communicate results of their research in high-impact presentations, reports, conference papers, and key peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of research scientists and engineers in the areas of fusion energy research to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.
  • Mentor early-career and student researchers along their path of development.
  • Ensure a safe and efficient work environment and compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.


Qualifications Required: 


Doctoral degree in physical chemistry, plasma physics, atomic physics, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering or a related field with 6 years of applicable experience.   A strong working knowledge of various types of test equipment such as electron microscopes and related instrumentation.  A demonstrated history of publication in the area of research. The candidate must possess good verbal communication skills and be capable of working independently as well as with other team members. 


Qualifications Desired:


Experience at a fusion research facility or other large-scale experimental physics project or scientific user facility is highly preferred.  Proficient with scientific programming and the use of instrumentation.    Engineering, design and use of electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and other instrumentation is beneficial.  A desire to mentor early career researchers and students.


Work Direction and Interfaces:


Position reports to the Diagnostics and Control Group Leader in the Fusion Energy Division. 


Measures of Effectiveness:


  • Publication of scientific results in peer reviewed journals
  • Presentation of scientific results at domestic and international conferences and workshops
  • Responsiveness to special assignments in support of changing scientific needs, project management directives, project changes, and project reviews
  • Quality of system-related documentation
  • Works effectively in a diverse team environment
  • Takes initiative and performs work independently


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