Purpose: We are looking for an R&D Associate to support our Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you will conduct research on epitaxial complex-oxide thin films and heterostructures to help strengthen ORNL’s ongoing efforts in the area of functional perovskite oxide materials for emerging information and energy technologies. Your work will involve oxide film growth by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and/or pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and in situ characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for studying the physics of functional complex oxide thin films and heterostructures. This research will also focus on developing quantum materials and hybrid interfaces with topologically nontrivial states. Understanding real time growth and functionality to guide the design of new functional materials will be also a part of this work. This position resides in the Materials Science and Technology (MST) Division, Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Synthesize epitaxial perovskite-based transition metal oxide heterostructures by PLD
Develop new growth capabilities by MBE
Create a modular system combining synthesis and real time characterization with PLD, MBE, and XPS
Develop and participate in proposal writing, including user proposals to gain access to DOE-funded user facilities
Deliver science to DOE funded programs
Present and report research results and publish 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 with others to maintain a high level of scientific productivity
A PhD in condensed matter physics, materials science, or a closely related science discipline
A minimum of two years of experience in oxide synthesis, such as MBE or PLD
Experience in the physics of transition metal oxide thin films and heterostructures
A strong record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at major conferences
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 x-ray diffraction (XRD), physical property measurement system (PPMS), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), scanning probes, soft x-rays, and/or neutron scattering
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 PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the US Department of Energy's largest multi-program science and energy laboratory, with scientific and technical capabilities spanning the continuum from basic to applied research. Located in the city of Oak Ridge, ORNL is in the eastern part of Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
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