We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will focus on neutron scattering investigations of quantum materials and correlated electron materials. This position resides in the Correlated Electron Materials Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in close collaboration with ORNL’s the Neutron Scattering Division (NSD).
The research program being pursued will use neutron scattering techniques to understand the effects of geometrical frustration and anisotropy on novel ground states and the excitation spectra of quantum materials with the potential for non-trivial topology. Current focuses for the project include complex spin textures, topological magnons, and highly frustrated magnets. As a postdoc, you will become a member of our team of scientists investigating quantum materials and will integrate your work within the Materials Science and Technology (MST) and Neutron Scattering Divisions (NSD). Further, as a postdoc you will have opportunities to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including condensed matter theorists, and materials synthesis and characterization specialists. As part of our research team, you will support efforts to understand collective phenomena in quantum materials. You will perform neutron scattering experiments examining these systems and analyze, present and publish these results. Neutron scattering techniques which will be used include neutron diffraction to measure both crystal and magnetic structures, and inelastic neutron scattering measurements to study the excitation spectra of these systems.
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Propose, prepare, and perform neutron scattering experiments examining magnetic correlations in quantum materials.
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, applied physics, materials science, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
Background in neutron scattering methods investigating condensed matter systems
Skilled in neutron scattering experimental techniques examining bulk magnetic systems.
Experience using National Laboratory User Facilities for neutron diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering experiments.
Excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
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 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 ever changing needs
Experience developing novel apparatus for neutron scattering experiments
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.
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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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
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.
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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