The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support research directed toward understanding and control of phase transitions in layered materials down to the atomic scale. The focus will be on van-der-Waals and quasi-2D materials with atomic, electronic and magnetic correlations, with inital emphasis on ferroelectric properties. The goals are to reveal the evolution of material structure across the transition, effects of disorder, as well as the atomistic underpinnings of exotic states such as dipolar glasses or tricriticial points. The position resides in the Scanning Probe Microscopy Group within the Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) of the Physical Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will contribute to research in these areas using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) imaging and spectroscopy in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and controlled environments. In addition to fundamental materials science, the research will pursue development of these tools tailored to the specifics of phase transitions. The research is designed to provide opportunities for development of your experience and scientific vision.
Work as part of a dynamic team conducting research that advances our fundamental understanding of phase transitions in nanomaterials and leads to the development of new capabilities
Conduct experimental studies in UHV and controlled environments combining AFM with multiple stimuli
Manage and operate state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopes
Perform data analysis, utilize, and contribute to open source tools for data and image analysis
Work with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity
Present research and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
A PhD in Condensed Matter Physics or a closely related field, completed within the last five years
Demonstrated experience with scanning probe microscopy
A strong background in solid-state and condensed matter physics, including electronic structure, crystallography, defect chemistry and transport properties
A strong background in ferroic (ferroelectric/ferromagnetic/ferroelastic) materials
Established track record in productive operation of ultra-high vacuum systems
A background in instrument development and detailed understanding of scanning probe microscopy equipment
Knowledge of a programming language (such as Python or Matlab), scientific data analysis, and basic machine-learning methods.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English
A strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
Capability for innovative research with minimal supervision and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues
Willingness to learn new analytical tools and approaches including scientific programming and machine learning methods.
Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required and can be emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position and your name in the subject line.
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.
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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.
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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.
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