[Neutron] Postdoctoral Scientist, Center for Neutron Science, University of Delaware

Michihiro Nagao mnagao at umd.edu
Tue Nov 9 01:32:36 CET 2021

*Postdoctoral Scientist, Center for Neutron Science, University of
Delaware *

The University of Delaware Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (UD) is
seeking a candidate for a post-doctoral position or research associate,
depending on qualifications, in condensed matter physics. This position is
a component of a major National Science Foundation infrastructure grant to
significantly upgrade the existing neutron spin echo (NSE) spectrometer and
instrument commissioning in collaboration with the instrument scientists
and engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The candidate will be required to carry out studies of soft condensed
matter systems, specifically lipid membranes structure and dynamics
combining computer simulation and neutron scattering techniques. The
primary experimental tools will be Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS),
Neutron Reflectometry (NR) and Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS).
Among QENS, NSE technique has been used to characterize elastic and viscous
properties of lipid membranes, and the current project will expand
understanding of such properties in more complex membrane components to
mimic biologically relevant systems. Computer simulations will be used to
develop atomistic to molecular understandings of diffusive and viscous
properties of two dimensional membrane systems. The candidate will be
expected to work with UD faculty, graduate students, and NIST scientists to
develop educational materials necessary to train the next generation of
instrument users, which includes lectures in summer school as well as
developing online tutorials for NSE experiments. The candidate will be
expected to present the result of his/her research at national and
international conferences and use such opportunities to identify new NSE
instrument users. The candidate will work together with UD faculty and the
NSE project team members to develop the instrumentation and computation on
this project. The successful candidate must have a PhD in a physical
science, or engineering, excellent experimental skills, and good
communication skills. Experiences in scattering techniques and/or computer
simulation is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will be
stationed at NIST Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD with
regular travel to UD for research collaborations.  The position is
renewable yearly based on performance for up to three years.

Salary will be competitive based on experience and qualifications.

The position is available immediately, is for one year and is renewable,
including benefits and a competitive salary based on qualifications. This
position is open immediately.

Please visit
 for more details.

Should you have any question about the position, please contact Prof.
Norman J. Wagner (wagnerj at udel.edu) and/or Dr. Michihiro Nagao (
mnagao at nist.gov).
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