Our Correlated Electron Materials Group seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to help advance our understanding of quantum materials (particularly in quantum magnetism) by using materials synthesis, thermodynamic and transport property characterizations, and neutron scattering techniques. The core scientific aims of the project are to understand how frustration and competing interactions influence quantum magnetism, and to identify and characterize novel spin textures and their excited states. As a postdoc, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including condensed matter theorists and scientists performing neutron diffraction and scattering at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). This position resides in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As part of our team, you will support efforts to understand various collective phenomena in quantum materials. You will perform the synthesis (including single crystal growth) and characterization of a variety of known and novel materials. You will drive the project forward by identifying promising material systems and performing detailed experimental investigations. While you will be responsible for developing high-quality samples, you will also be expected to take part in neutron scattering experiments. As such, this position provides the opportunity to make significant contributions in the field of quantum materials while refining your existing experimental skills and developing new ones.
Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
Keep an orderly and informative laboratory workspace and notebook
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain a strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in physics, applied physics, material science, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
Background in materials synthesis and characterization
Experience with single crystal growth via molten flux and chemical vapor transport techniques, and/or with optical floating zone furnaces.
Skilled in x-ray and/or neutron diffraction, characterization of thermodynamics, and transport properties of solids
Familiarity of the health and safety hazards associated with an experimental condensed matter laboratory that houses an extensive synthesis effort.
Characterization and analysis of magnetic properties using both AC and DC probes.
Characterization and analysis of galvanomagnetic and thermomagnetic transport properties.
Experience using National Laboratory User Facilities programs, particularly for diffraction, diffuse elastic scattering, or inelastic 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.
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.
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 qualifi...ed applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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