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[SA_scat] Neutron Postdoc position open at Oak Ridge NationalLaboratory

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Diffraction and Small Angle
Scattering Studies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 


Project Description:

The Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is
soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron
diffraction and small angle scattering studies of electrolyte (aqueous,
organic, ionic liquid) bulk behavior, interactions with electrode
materials, and response to external fields.

The research will involve structural investigations, primarily by
neutron diffraction, of the atomic to nano-scale structures formed in
ionic liquids, aqueous and organic electrolytes. In addition to
resolving the bulk structures, our interest is in understanding their
structure in micro- and nano-porous carbon, as well as the influence of
electric fields. The candidate will investigate structures in the
electric double layer (EDL) formed at charged surfaces, mimicking
electrode processes in advanced battery and capacitor systems. He/she
will work closely with other experimental and computational members of
the FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center team. The expected outcome of
this research is an improved understanding of the electrolyte structure
in bulk and in the EDL and its variations with electrolyte composition
and external parameters. More information about the FIRST center can be
found at



Candidates must have a PhD D. in physics, chemistry or a closely related
field. This position requires a strong experimentalist with demonstrated
experience in neutron diffraction. Experience with small angle neutron
scattering and X-ray scattering methods is desirable. The candidate
should be a self-starter, able to work independently and able to
participate creatively in refining program directions. Presentations at
national meetings and publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed
journals are expected. The candidate must have good oral and written
communication skills in English, and be able to 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
appointment and must complete all degree requirements before starting
their appointment.

Technical Questions:

Questions regarding the position can be directed to Gernot Rother at
rotherg@ornl.gov. Please include the requisition number and title when

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at
https://www2.orau.gov/ORNL_POST/. 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

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.


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