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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Experimental Quantum Materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Type: Full Time
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Job Description:

Requisition Id 1212
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to support our Thin Films and Nanostructures Group. In this role, you will experimentally investigate fundamental condensed matter physics issues in quantum materials and strongly correlated electronic systems. Research will focus on identifying key descriptors determining electronic, magnetic, thermal, and optical functionalities intended to enable next-generation materials by design strategies aimed at bridging fundamental condensed matter physics principles to future applications in sensing, energy conversion, and computing. This position resides in the Thin Films and Nanostructures Group, in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
As part of our research team, you will be involved in all aspects of single crystal material synthesis, experimental design, electronic/magnetic/structural characterization, and data analysis. Work will be performed in our group's state-of-the-art laboratories which are equipped with:
- Several reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED)-assisted pulsed laser deposition (PLD) systems
- Radio frequency (RF) sputtering
- Molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)
- X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
- Scanning tunneling microscope (STM)
- Low-energy electron microscope (LEED)
- 9T and 14T physical properties measurement systems (PPMS)
- Magnetic property measurement system (MPMS3)
- Piezoresponse Force Microscopy (PFM)
- Lithographic clean room
- Atomic force microscope/Magnetic force microscope (AFM/MFM)
- Ferroelectric/dielectric characterization
- 2 Panalytical four-circle x-ray diffractometers
- Oxford Dilution Refrigerator (5mK base temperature with 2 axis rotation of ±14T magnetic field)
There will also be ample opportunity to access the extraordinary facilities and collaborate with the staff of the Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS) CNMS, the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and the High-Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) through collaboration and user proposal.
Major Duties/Responsibilities:
- Responsible for designing materials systems to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental mechanisms driving quantum phenomena
- Synthesis and characterization of novel quantum materials in single crystal film forms
- Promoting effective coordination with collaborators using advanced microscopic, spectroscopic, x-ray and/or neutron scattering tools, as well as theory
- Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner
- Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements
- Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics
Basic Qualifications:
- A PhD in Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
- Familiarity with electronic and magnetic characterization techniques
Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience with low temperature ( 50mK) electrical transport measurements
- Previous work with strongly correlated electron systems, topologically driven phenomena, or interfacial coupling effects on quantum responses
- Strong record of productive and creative research proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
- Familiarity with x-ray and/or neutron scattering techniques
- Experience with single crystal epitaxial film synthesis, such as PLD
- Experience with lithographic device fabrication
- Basic understanding of LabView
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate to an international, scientific audience
- Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting teams of researchers
- Ability to function well in a dynamic research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever-changing needs
Special Requirements:
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. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
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