We are seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position in the field of nanomaterials synthesis and processing by plasma-based and laser-based techniques. The goal of the project is to develop a highly versatile non-equilibrium technique for selective synthesis and processing of various nanomaterials including zero-dimensional, one-dimensional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional nanostructured materials. While a significant portion of these activities will be on the development and characterization of this novel technique, we are looking for a candidate who, under general supervision, will develop this technique to its full potential from the materials point of view. Specifically, we will initially focus on the synthesis of binary nanomaterials such as metal nitrides as the test for the novel technique and then extend this approach to ternary nanomaterials such as, for example, boron-carbon-nitride. This program takes advantage of plasma and laser facilities and associated passive and active spectroscopic and imaging diagnostics available at PPPL, and materials characterization facilities at the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) of the Princeton University.
This postdoctoral position is an excellent opportunity to learn and perform cutting-edge research in synthesis, in situ diagnostics, and processing of nanomaterials within the stimulating multidisciplinary environment at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The candidate will join the research team comprising experts in experimental and theoretical plasma physics, including in synthesis and processing sciences, and collaborative materials scientists from the Princeton University, students and technical personal. It is anticipated that the candidate will establish and maintain a close scientific collaboration with the team members.
The candidate will carry out research on 1) the development of controlled synthesis of a variety of nanomaterials by primarily low temperature plasma based or laser-based techniques, 2) in situ characterization of the generated plasma and gas species using spectroscopic and imaging methods, and 3) in situ and ex-situ evaluation of synthesized nanomaterials. The results will be used to develop synthesis strategies for novel nanomaterials in, for example, metastable phases and architectures, which are inaccessible for other synthesis techniques.
This position requires a Ph.D. in materials science, condensed matter physics or related fields. We are looking for an experienced individual with broad expertise spanning materials science, nanomaterials, plasma-based and laser-based synthesis systems.
Knowledge and hands-on experience with all essential material characterization techniques, plasma-based and/or laser-based materials synthesis and processing techniques (e.g. sputtering magnetrons, plasma assisted CVD, RF-plasma, arc and laser vaporization/deposition) and laser systems (e.g. nanosecond lasers) are required. A strong grasp of potential application areas would be another asset.
Knowledge of MatLab and LabVIEW is a plus. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and presentations and publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals are expected. The applicant must have the ability to work in a team and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. An associated mission is providing the highest quality of scientific education.
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