[Neutron] Instrument Scientist, NIST Center for Neutron Research

Paul Butler butler at nist.gov
Tue Jan 16 19:25:08 CST 2007

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 Small 
Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments and one ultra-SANS (USANS) instrument 
(http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/programs/sans/sans_inst.html).  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 position will allow the successful 
candidate an exciting opportunity to develop a strong 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 

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.  Strong programming skills are also a plus.  Responsibilities 
include visiting researchers in conducting experiments, developing an independent 
research program, and participating in instrument maintenance and development activities, 
including software development and planning for future upgrades.  Appointment will 
initially be for two years with the possibility of extension for outstanding performance. 
 Salary is in the range from $57,000 to $66,000 depending on qualifications and 
experience.  Expressions of interest along with a resume should be sent (preferably 
electronically) 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. 

                            Paul D. Butler

Paul Butler
NIST cnr
Bldg 235, E151
100 Bureau Drive STOP 8562
Gaithersburg, MD   20899-8562

Phone:  (301) 975-2028
FAX  :  (301) 921-9847
e-mail  butler at nist.gov

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