Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences: Environmental Science, Physics: Physics
Department of Geology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Department of Geology within the School of Earth, Society, and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, seeking applications for a Research Spectroscopist to participate in synchrotron radiation studies on materials under high pressure and high temperature conditions. The position will be located at sectors 3 and 30 of the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Lab, which offer unique scientific opportunities related to investigations of minerals and alloys under extreme conditions using high-resolution inelastic x-ray and nuclear resonant scattering.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist users of synchrotron beamline Sector 3 of the Advanced Photon Source (Argonne National Laboratory) with Nuclear Resonant Scattering and inelastic x-ray scattering experiments. Assist users and potential users with writing proposals. • Assist users in data reduction of Nuclear Resonant Scattering and inelastic x-ray scattering data, including use of the Phoenix and CONUS software programs. • Assist with the design, construction, installation, and commissioning of new experimental capabilities at Sector 3. • Provide user and technical support for a Mossbauer spectroscopy laboratory. • Maintain Mossbauer spectroscopy laboratory, perform Mossbauer experiments and assist users of that lab, and perform analysis of Mossbauer data. • Organize instructional workshops for the high-pressure Mossbauer, Nuclear Resonant Scattering and inelastic x-ray scattering users. Teach users the theory and practice of nuclear resonant experiments and data reduction. • Perform and assist with high-pressure experiments using the diamond-anvil cell, including low-temperature high-pressure experiments using cryogenic techniques. • Provide maintenance, upgrades, and user support for Raman scattering apparatus at Sector 3. • Assist users with characterization of samples for X-ray and Mossbauer experiments using X-ray diffraction, conventional Mossbauer, and Raman spectroscopies. • Provide support for pressure measurements by ruby fluorescence and other techniques.
PhD in Earth sciences, physics, materials sciences, chemistry, or related field. Demonstrated research experience beyond the PhD, preferably demonstrated via published works, in most (majority) of the following Nuclear Resonant Scattering, synchrotron science, Inelastic X-ray Scattering, Mossbauer spectroscopy at a synchrotron source, diamond-anvil research techniques, data reduction using the Phoenix, CONUS software programs, data analysis using a variety of software tools such as ORIGIN and similar products. Research experience will be evaluated largely on the basis of published work in the above fields. • Post-graduate experience in interpretation of thermodynamic and thermo-elastic properties of minerals. • Minimum two years of experience with X-ray diffraction, DAC in-situ pressure calibration, sample loading for laser heating experiments, gas loading pressure-transmitting media for the DAC, and equation-of-state software for pressure calibration. • Experience as the lead scientist with responsibility for conducting synchrotron radiation experiments. • Training in conventional laboratory-based Mossbauer spectroscopy at the post-doctoral level.
Experience with Mossbauer spectroscopy with radioactive sources in the laboratory. • Experience at the post-doctoral or above level with Raman spectroscopy and related data analysis. • Doctoral or post-doctoral experience using cryogenic techniques with the diamond-anvil cell. • Experience at the post-doctoral level or above in conducting outreach in the form of being the lead organizer of educational workshops and/or symposia. • Two years of experience with operation of gas-membrane diamond-anvil-cells (DAC). • Three years of post-doctoral experience with Nuclear Resonant Scattering, Mossbauer spectroscopy and/or Inelastic X-ray Scattering, in high-pressure experiments, and/or Inelastic X-ray Scattering using synchrotron radiation. • Knowledge of Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Nuclear Resonant X-ray Scattering, high-pressure experimentation using diamond anvil cells, synchrotron radiation experimentation, and fluorescence spectroscopy for pressure measurement with diamond cells. • Knowledge of cryogenic high-pressure experimentation, Raman spectroscopy. • Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. • Ability to work collaboratively.
This job takes place at the Argonne National Laboratory
SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION This is a full-time academic professional position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload your CV, statement of experience, research interest, list of publications, and letters of recommendation by March 7, 2020. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.
For additional information contact either Dr. Ercan Alp at (630) 252-4775, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Jay Bass at (217) 333-1018, email@example.com.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 123286
About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Earth, Society, & Environment
The School of Earth, Society, & Environment is a school within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There are three departments within the school: Department of Geology, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Sciences. There approximately 50 plus total faculty members.
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