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Postdoctoral Research Associate 2D Materials and Quantum Heterostructures / NB50648583
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support our Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you'll help us strengthen our ongoing efforts in the area of thin film synthesis of quantum materials, work alongside our team of dedicated and interdisciplinary researchers, and have the opportunity to share your results with the scientific community. Your work will involve the eptaixial growth of magnetic van der Walls materials and correlated quantum heterostructures and thin films by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) and/or PLD. Additionally, you will focus on establishing the capability to explore the unusual electronic structure offered in these quantum materials and its artificial control with magnetically ordered materials by constructing various heterostructures with correlated transition metal oxides to modify the topologically protected states and associated phenomena. This will include preforming characterization with in-house tools to study the structure, electronic structure, and magnetic state; as well as using soft x-ray spectroscopy and neutron scattering through access youll have to national user facilities, both onsite at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (the Spallation Neutron Source and the High Flux Isotope Reactor) and those at other Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. This position resides in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group in the Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
Build a molecular beam epitaxy system Synthesize ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic van der Waals materials by molecular beam epitaxy Synthesize epitaxial transition metal oxide thin films by pulsed laser deposition Study structural and physical properties through: four-circle X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS), Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), Soft X-ray Spectroscopy, and neutron scattering Develop user proposals to gain access to DOE-funded user facilities Present and report your research results, as well as publish your scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics Work within a diverse team of scientists to maintain a high level of scientific productivity

Qualifications Required:
A PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline completed within the last 5 years Research background in molecular beam epitaxy or single crystal growth A record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or conference presentations Preferred Qualifications: Experience in the physics or materials science of transition metal chalcogenides and van der Waals materials (e.g., FeSe, MoS2, WSe2, FeS, Fe3GeTe2) Experience with 5d oxide thin fims and heterostructures Experience with research on quantum transport and quantum Hall effects Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience Ability to work with a measure of autonomy, but also in a team environment to interact effectively with your colleagues, develop new collaborations to improve scientific understanding, and accept flexibility in research assignments Familiarity with numerical data analysis and customization of control software (Labview) Experience with the use of XRD, PPMS, SQUID, scanning probes, soft x-rays, and neutronsOTHER 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 up to 12 months. 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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