[Neutron] SANS scientific associate position at the NIST CNR

Paul Butler butlerpd at udel.edu
Wed Dec 19 23:40:16 CET 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, Maryland is a
national user facility that develops and operates state-of-the-art neutron
scattering instruments with broad applications in materials research for
use by the general scientific community.  Over 2000 scientists from all
over the world participate in research performed at the NCNR every year.
The Macromolecular and Microstructural Sciences team at the NCNR has
responsibility for operating and maintaining four neutron scattering
instruments: two world class 30m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)
instruments, a new Very SANS (VSANS) instrument, and a world leading ultra
SANS (USANS) instrument. It also partners with the NIST Materials and
Measurements Laboratory on the nSoft industrial consortium and its 10m
SANS, helping to advance neutron-based measurements for manufacturing of
soft materials.

We anticipate hiring a scientific associate whose primary responsibility
will be the operation and maintenance of one of the 30m SANS instruments.
The successful candidate would be responsible for ensuring that the
instrument and associated equipment, including SANS sample environments, is
in good working order, setting up the instrument and equipment for
experiments, and generally supporting the SANS scientists/local contacts
and their users, including performing measurements and analysis as
appropriate.  Other tasks include leading or participating in instrument
improvement and development projects, including software projects,
developing and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other
safety documentation, helping with the other SANS and USANS machines as
needed, maintaining equipment records and statistics, and aiding in the
preparation of reports as appropriate.

A degree in the physical sciences, engineering or an associated field will
be required as will  strong organizational and communication skills. Ideal
candidates will have experience working in fast-paced, team environments.
Specialized skills, including a background in rheology, earth sciences or
magnetic materials, programming in C and Python, and/or experience with
engineering design in CAD or electrical circuits will be highly desirable
but not required.  Experience with scattering, particularly X-ray and/or
neutrons would also be a plus. Interested individuals should send a
statement of interest and CV to Paul Butler at butler at nist.gov.

Please share with anyone who might be interested.


Paul Butler

Affiliated Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

Leader, Macromolecuar and Microstructural Sciences Team

NIST Center for Neutron Research
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