Neutron Postdoctoral Position--Residual Stress

Henry (Hank) Prask henry.prask at
Wed Apr 5 12:17:49 CDT 2000


A postdoctoral position is now available in the area of materials science for
engineering applications using diffraction techniques, primarily neutron.  The
position is in conjunction with the Department of Materials Science of the
State University of New York (Stony Brook) with which NIST has a cooperative
research agreement; the neutron research would be conducted at the NIST Center
for Neutron Research (NCNR). A main focus of the NCNR/SUNY collaboration is in
the area of texture and residual stress in coatings, and their effect on
performance and durability. In addition, theoretical efforts are underway in
the understanding of elastic properties of complex systems such as coatings,
which are tested by neutron measurements. Other recent studies have included
residual stress determinations for weldments, railroad rails, and automobile

The NCNR is a very complete neutron facility, with a cold source and guide
hall. All instruments are available to all staff members. In addition, NIST's
Materials Science and Engineering Lab, of which the NCNR is a part, is a member
of the UNICAT collaboration at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National
Lab. As such, NCNR scientists have access to UNICAT instruments. 

Educational requirements are a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials
Science, or related field.  Experience in neutron or x-ray diffraction stress
or texture measurement, demonstrated interpersonal, written, and verbal skills,
and the ability to work in a team environment are also prerequisite. 
Experience in finite element calculations would be advantageous.  The
successful candidate will have opportunities to pursue existing programs and to
initiate new projects. He or she will join a group of one staff member and a
postdoctoral research associate currently working in the area of neutron
diffraction stress measurement. Annual starting salaries range from $43,000 to
$48,000, plus a generous, comprehensive benefits package. 

Expressions of interest should be sent with a resume to:

Dr. Henry Prask
Center for Neutron Research
M.S. 8560
National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
301-975-6226; FAX: 301-921-9847
e-mail: henry.prask at


Professor Sanjay Sampath
631-632-9512; FAX: 631-632-7878
Center for Thermal Spray Research
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
State University of New York
105 Old Engineering Bldg.
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2275
e-mail: Sanjay.Sampath at

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