We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support our Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you will experimentally investigate fundamental condensed matter physics issues in quantum materials and strongly correlated electronic systems. Research will focus on identifying key descriptors determining electronic, magnetic, thermal, and optical functionalities intended to enable next-generation materials by design strategies aimed at bridging fundamental condensed matter physics principles to future applications in sensing, energy conversion, and computing. This position resides in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group, in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As part of our research team, you will be involved in all aspects of single crystal material synthesis, experimental design, electronic/magnetic/structural characterization, and data analysis. Work will be performed in our group’s state-of-the-art laboratories which are equipped with:
Several reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED)-assisted pulsed laser deposition (PLD) systems
Radio frequency (RF) sputtering
Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
Scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
Low-energy electron microscope (LEED)
9T and 14T physical properties measurement systems (PPMS)
Magnetic property measurement system (MPMS3)
Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)
Lithographic clean room
Atomic force microscope/Magnetic force microscope (AFM/MFM)
2 Panalytical four-circle x-ray diffractometers
Oxford Dilution Refrigerator (5mK base temperature with 2 axis rotation of ±14T magnetic field)
There will also be ample opportunity to access the extraordinary facilities and collaborate with the staff of the Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) CNMS, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) through collaboration and user proposal.
Responsible for designing materials systems to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental mechanisms driving quantum phenomena
Synthesis and characterization of novel quantum materials in single crystal film forms
Promoting effective coordination with collaborators using advanced microscopic, spectroscopic, x-ray and/or neutron scattering tools, as well as theory
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
Familiarity with electronic and magnetic characterization techniques
Experience with low temperature (< 50mK) electrical transport measurements
Previous work with strongly correlated electron systems, topologically driven phenomena, or interfacial coupling effects on quantum responses
Strong record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
Familiarity with x-ray and/or neutron scattering techniques
Experience with single crystal epitaxial film synthesis, such as PLD
Experience with lithographic device fabrication
Basic understanding of LabView
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers
Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs
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 up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
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 PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.
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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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