Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
The Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites outstanding applications for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in crystal nucleation and growth using a variety of in situ imaging techniques, including synchrotron-based X-ray/neutron scattering/imaging techniques (e.g. X-ray nanotomography, X-ray computed tomography, Bragg coherent X-ray diffractive imaging) and other microscopy methods (scanning probe microscopy, scanning interferometry, optical microscopy and electron microscopy). The selected candidate will work with scientists at ORNL to develop an understanding of the relation between heterogeneous mineral nucleation and growth rates, substrate topology, and interaction with background electrolyte. The position resides in the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group in the Chemical Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Conduct independent research using multimodal imaging methods, which will include developing/optimizing methodologies for mineral analyses
Perform crystal nucleation/growth experiments on different substrates with engineered surface topologies and under different background electrolyte composition and concentration
Collaborate with ORNL researchers and beamline scientists at national synchrotron facilities on the design and execution of imaging methods by using in situ flow cells
Present and report research results and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
Maintain strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.
A PhD in Physical Sciences, such as Earth and Environmental Science, Geochemistry, Chemistry, Materials Science, or a related field completed within the last 5 years
Strong background in performing microscopy and analysis (e.g., transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, atom probe tomography)
Experience in wet chemistry
Data analyses experience, e.g., image processing and segmentation using machine learning
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
Excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
The abilities to be a self-starter, to work independently and to participate creatively in a collaborative team effort
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.
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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 for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.
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