Subject: [Neutron] Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engineering Diffraction Instrument Science
From: "Barker, Buffie M."
Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2009 10:08:17 -0400
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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Engineering Diffraction Instrument Science

Neutron Scattering Science Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge, Tennessee


Project Description:

The successful candidate will be a team member to provide operational support for the new VULCAN diffractometer at the Spallation Neutron Source and to develop a vigorous scientific program associated with the instrument. Commissioned on June 26, 2009, VULCAN is a world-class engineering diffractometer designed to tackle a broad range of problems in materials science and engineering, including stress mapping in structural components, in-situ deformation studies, transient behaviors during synthesis and processing, and the kinetics of multi-length scale phase transformations.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

• Will join the existing team of scientific staff to provide user support for VULCAN. This will include helping users to develop user proposal, conduct experiments, and analyze data

• Will maintain the instrument and coordinate with support groups to make sure that the instrument is ready for each user experiment

• Will work with VULCAN team and other research groups at ORNL to conduct world leading research using VULCAN and related instruments at ORNL

• Will work with the VULCAN team to conceive, plan, and execute upgrades of the instrument. This will include both hardware and software

• Will take part in development of new methods for making engineering diffraction measurements and interpretation of the data

• Will ensure compliance with environmental, safety, health, and quality program requirements including ISMS

• Will maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of laboratory and ethics


A Ph.D. plus postdoctoral experience in materials science, physics, mechanical engineering, or related fields, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is required. Preference will be given to candidates with strong background in neutron or synchrotron scattering. Strong written and oral communications skills and the desire to work in a team environment on technically and scientifically challenging problems are desirable. This position is available immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Formal review of the applications will start November 2.

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.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at All applicants will need to register before they can begin the online application. For complete instructions, on how to apply, please see the instructions at When applying for this position, please reference the position title and number.

This appointment is offered through the ORNL Postgraduate Research Participation Program and is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The program is open to all qualified U.S. and non-U.S. citizens without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran.


Buffie Barker

HR Assistant

Neutron Sciences and

Nuclear Operations Directorates

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


865-241-6660 Fax


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