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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Laser-Based Synthesis and Diagnostics of Nanomaterials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN


Project Description:

The Materials Science and Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position in the field of nanomaterials synthesis and processing by nonequilibrium, primarily laser-based techniques.  The goal of the project is to develop fundamental understanding of nonequilibrium processes involved in the synthesis of novel nanomaterials in metastable phases or architectures which are inaccessible by other techniques.  This program takes advantage of pulsed laser vaporization, pulsed laser deposition, and chemical vapor deposition facilities and associated spectroscopic and imaging diagnostics.  A fraction of the time will be spent working with users at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS).  The position is available starting March 1, 2012 and renewable up to the total of 3 years.

The successful applicant must demonstrate knowledge in materials science, nanomaterial synthesis, laser processing, and spectroscopic techniques.  This position provides an opportunity to join an experienced team working in a highly collaborative environment on the development of novel new in situ diagnostic techniques to understand the synthesis and processing of novel nanomaterials.  A knowledge of in situ optical spectroscopic diagnostic techniques is desirable (e.g. time-resolved emission, absorption, Raman spectroscopy) as well as imaging techniques (e.g. shadow, Schlieren,  fast ICCD photography).  A knowledge of characterization techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning probe techniques, and X-ray diffraction is desirable.  A knowledge of ex situ optical characterization techniques, such as spectrophotometry, fluorometry, Raman spectroscopy, etc. is also required.


This position requires a Ph.D. in materials science, physics, chemistry, or related field, with an emphasis on laser- or CVD-based nanomaterials or thin film synthesis.  Knowledge of different types of laser system operation, including nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond laser systems is required.  Knowledge of MatLab and LabVIEW is a plus.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and presentations and publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals are expected. The applicant must have the ability to work in a team and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.

Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Technical Questions:

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Drs. David B. Geohegan,, Alex A. Puretzky, , and/or Gyula Eres, . Please include the requisition number and title when corresponding.