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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Designing Metastability: Coercing Materials to Phase Boundaries / NB50645883
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support our Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you will investigate strongly correlated electronic systems, work alongside our team of dedicated researchers, and have the opportunity to share your results with the scientific community. Specifically, your work will focus on identifying key descriptors determining electronic, magnetic, thermal, and optical functionalities resulting from novel coupling across heterointerfaces and from synthetic structural distortions induced by noble ion implantation. The research is focused on developing next-generation materials by design strategies aimed at bridging fundamental condensed matter physics principles to future applications in sensing, energy conversion, and neuromorphic computing. As a postdoc, you will be involved in all aspects of device design, epitaxial film growth, electronic/magnetic/structural characterization, and data analysis. Work will be performed in our groups state-of-the-art laboratories which are equipped with: Several reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED)-assisted pulsed laser deposition (PLD) systems Radio frequency (RF) sputtering Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) Scanning tunneling microscope (STM) Low-energy electron microscope (LEED) 9T and 14T physical properties measurement systems (PPMS) Magnetic property measurement system (MPMS) 3 Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM) Lithographic clean room Atomic force microscope/Magnetic force microscope (AFM/MFM) Ferroelectric/dielectric characterization 2 Panalytical four-circle x-ray diffractometersThere will also be ample opportunity to access the extraordinary facilities and collaborate with the staff of the Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) CNMS, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) through collaboration and user proposal. This position resides in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group, in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), within the Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Responsible for designing materials systems to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental mechanisms driving novel functionalities Synthesis and characterization of heteroepitaxial interfaces, strain induced structural distortions, and spatially confined test structures Promoting effective coordination with collaborators using advanced microscopic, spectroscopic, x-ray and/or neutron scattering tools, as well as theory Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics

Qualifications Required:
A PhD in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline completed within the last five years PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Background in strongly correlated materials Familiarity with electronic and magnetic characterization techniques Strong record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences Experience with single crystal epitaxial film synthesis, such as PLD Experience with lithographic device fabrication Experience with inelastic x-ray or neutron scattering for characterization of materials Basic understanding of LabView Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs OTHER INFORMATION: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 uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to THIS EMAIL .Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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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