[Neutron] SANS instrument scientist position at NIST

Paul Butler butler at nist.gov
Sun Feb 26 10:11:10 CST 2006


The Macromolecular and Microstructure Sciences team at the NIST Center for Neutron 
Research (NCNR) is seeking candidates for a small angle scattering Instrument Scientist 
position.  The team is responsible for operating two 30-m long pinhole geometry world 
class Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments and one best in class ultra-SANS 
(USANS) instrument (http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/programs/sans/sans_inst.html).  USANS 
extends the SANS accessible Q range by two orders of magnitude so that combined, these 
instruments span four orders of magnitude in Q-space corresponding to structural features 
in materials ranging from 1nm to over 20,000 nm.  

The NCNR has broad interests in the nano- to microscale structures in materials; in 
advancing measurement capabilities and analysis methods; in promoting the use of these 
facilities by the general scientific community; and in maintaining these facilities at 
peak performance.  This position will allow the successful candidate an exciting 
opportunity to help develop their own scientific program taking advantage of this world 
class neutron instrumentation within the context of a major national laboratory.  
Collaborations with visiting scientists, NCNR staff, and other scientists at NIST are 
nurtured and highly encouraged providing a rich and rewarding scientific atmosphere.

The position requires a Ph.D. in Materials Science or related field and excellent 
experimental, communication, and interpersonal skills.  Experience in microstructure or 
macromolecular structure characterization using x-ray or neutron diffraction techniques 
is highly desirable.  Responsibilities include aiding visiting researchers in conducting 
experiments, instrument maintenance and development, driving the scientific program of 
the instrument, and developing an independent research program.  Appointment will 
initially be for two years with the possibility of extension for outstanding performance. 
 Salary is in the range from $52,000 to $60,000 depending on qualifications and 
experience.  Expressions of interest along with a resume should be sent to:
Dr. Paul Butler
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8562
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8562
Tel: (301) 975-2028
Fax: (301) 921-9847
Email: butler at nist.gov
Additional information about the NCNR and the MMS team are available on the Web at: 
http://www.ncnr.nist.gov and http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/programs/sans/index.html. 

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