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[SA_scat] SANS position at the NCNR

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  • Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:55:10 +0000
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SANS/USANS scientist position at the NIST Center for Neutron Research



The Macromolecular and Microstructure Sciences (MMS) team at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) is seeking a research scientist with a strong record of creativity and achievement in any area of nano and microscale science or instrumentation science. The candidate should complement and expand current scientific activities of the group. The MMS team is responsible for operating two 30-m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments and one ultra-SANS (USANS) instrument, and for the design of a new Very-SANS (VSANS) instrument. Combined, these instruments probe structural features in materials ranging from 1nm to 20,000 nm. Besides the wide array of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering instruments, the center operates a variety of complementary facilities, from X-ray diffractometers to IR spectrometers, and has access to a wide range of other state of the art equipment through partnerships with other NIST labs, particularly the Center for Nanoscale Science and T
 echnology. The team is further assisted by an outstanding cadre of NCNR support staff including engineers, mechanical technicians, sample environment team, and Laboratory support personnel. More information about the NCNR and its activities can be found at www.ncnr.nist.gov<http://www.ncnr.nist.gov>



The position requires a Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering or related field, excellent experimental, communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well in a team environment. Small angle scattering experience is highly desirable but not required. Applicant should have the leadership required to build a thriving interdisciplinary/collaborative research program, a demonstrated ability and interest in developing new instrumentation/new techniques to further their research objectives, the ability to effectively communicate results to a wide variety of audiences, and an understanding of the critical value of consulting broadly, inside and outside the organization, to problem solving. A commitment to teaching is highly desirable as the candidate will be expected to teach or co-teach in summer schools, workshops, tutorials and have the opportunity to advise or co-advise summer undergraduates, postdocs, and possibly graduate students, as well as help 
 teach university courses.


Aside from conducting a research program in a relevant area, core responsibilities include helping visiting researchers conduct experiments, participating in various instrument activities including maintenance and upgrades, and developing new scientific tools such as modeling software or novel sample environments. Initial appointment is for up to four years. Salary is in the range from $70,000 to $80,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Expressions of interest along with a resume and research plan should be sent (preferably electronically) to:


Paul Butler

100 Bureau Drive

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-6102

Tel: (301) 975-2028

Fax: (301) 921-9847

Email: butler@nist.gov<mailto:butler@nist.gov>

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