[Neutron] Job Posting - High Pressure Neutron Instrument Scientist

Sams, Shelby samssm at ornl.gov
Wed Sep 13 17:54:17 CEST 2023

Requisition Id 11581


We are seeking a Neutron Instrument Scientist for SNAP<javascript:void(0);>, the high-pressure diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source<javascript:void(0);> (SNS) in the Neutron Sciences Directorate<javascript:void(0);> (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory<javascript:void(0);> (ORNL). SNAP is a high flux time-of-flight diffractometer able to collect of data on both on poly and single crystal samples as well as liquid and amorphous systems and being compatible with a variety of pressure devices. It is a leading instrument in its area playing a key role in the development of new, record-breaking, diamond anvil pressure cells (DACs). The instrument supports a diverse international science community, attracting scientists who carry out world-class research in physical, chemical and materials sciences. More details about the instrument and its science impact can be found at the SNAP page<javascript:void(0);>.

As a core instrument team member, you will develop an impactful scientific portfolio at the beamline, focused on high pressure neutron scattering, while also champion developments in high pressure technology, sample environment, and software to help maintain and further improve the performance of the instrument and expand the user base! A key component of your role is to ensure safe operation and user support of the beamlines, which includes user assistance as local contact, helping with experimental setup, data acquisition and data analysis. You will have the opportunity to work with users on a wide range of science topics covered by the instrument. We expect you to pursue your own research program focusing the neutron scattering capabilities available at the SNS and the High Flux Isotope Reactor<javascript:void(0);> (HFIR), existing offline high pressure capabilities (for example high pressure Raman scattering) and taking advantage of the world-class resources ORNL has to offer.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  *   Serve user groups as a local contact, assisting in experiment design and setup, user training and data acquisition. Ensure users are provided scientifically robust and appropriately reduced neutron datasets. This may involve participation, and co-authorship as appropriate, in user-based manuscript preparation.
  *   Pursue a high-quality personal research program using SNAP and the existing suite of neutron diffractometers.
  *   Grow a network of national and international collaborations, present your work and the capabilities of the beamline in major scientific conferences and publish research results in leading scientific journals.
  *   Attract a scientifically impactful and diverse community of Users to fully apply the unique capabilities afforded by the SNAP beamline.
  *   Champion developments in instrumentation, sample environment and software to help maintain and further develop the performance of SNAP.
  *   Foster the development of the next generation of expert neutron users, via participation in workshops, and mentoring students and postdocs.
  *   Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements, and foster an inclusive work environment for ORNL's diverse community of users, staff, postdocs, and students.
  *   As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Including the Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace - in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success. You can read Our full code of conduct and a statement by the Lab Director's office here<javascript:void(0);>.

Basic Qualifications:

  *   A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related field.
  *   Demonstrated experience in experimental high-pressure research.
  *   A minimum of 1 year of related experience. (Applicants with additional years of experience are strongly encouraged to apply, and we will hire commensurate with years of experience.)
  *   Familiarity with neutron and/or X-ray diffraction.

Preferred Qualifications:

  *   A strong record of research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences.
  *   Previous beamline user or support experience in a neutron or synchrotron X-ray user facility.
  *   At least one postdoctoral appointment.
  *   Strong written and oral communication skills.
  *   Proven ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

Other Requirements:

Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.

If you are selected for interview, you may be required to submit a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation.

About Neutron Sciences Directorate:

The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor-based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source.  Together these facilities operate 30 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out in excess of 1,000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for more than 3,000 visiting scientists.  HFIR also provides unique facilities for isotope production and neutron irradiation.  To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to http://neutrons.ornl.gov<javascript:void(0);>.

Benefits at ORNL:

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain hardworking people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting at ornl.gov<mailto:ORNLRecruiting at ornl.gov>.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

Apply Here: https://jobs.ornl.gov/job-invite/11581/

Lorrin Kim
Talent Acquisition Partner
Neutron Sciences Directorate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Managed by UT-Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy
Business Mobile: 865.227.9089
kimlb at ornl.gov<mailto:kimlb at ornl.gov>
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