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[SA_scat] Postdoctoral Position at USAXS at the APS

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the APS/ChemMatCARS USAXS/SAXS instrument

The Advanced Photon Source has currently opening for post-doctoral fellow associated with the ultra-small angle and small-angle X-ray scattering (USAXS/SAXS) facility (http://usaxs.xray.aps.anl.gov/) to study the microstructure of materials. The fellow will utilize the APS/ChemMatCARS USAXS/SAXS facility at the ChemMatCARS 15ID beamline, APS, ANL and any other appropriate APS/world wide resources. The successful applicant will prepare, perform, and analyze research project in the area with potential for growth of user community of these techniques. He/she will also participate in the development and operations of the USAXS/SAXS instrument, collaborate with users in the general user program, and optionally contribute to the development of scientific software for SAS data reduction and analysis.

Applicants should have recent Ph.D. in appropriate area with documented experience in experimental research in condensed matter physics, chemistry, or related areas.  Prior experience with small-angle x-ray or neutron scattering is preferred, but experimental ability and initiative are equally important.  Documented, hands on, experience in scientific programming – preferably using Igor Pro is useful, but experience with other languages such as Java, Python, or C++ are plus also. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others are required.  Ability to satisfy requirements to work at Argonne National Laboratory is required.

Applicants are encouraged to propose scientific project, which will utilize the unique capabilities of the USAXS/SAXS facility, they would like to pursue within the duration of the position. Documented experience in the proposed subject and established collaborations supporting this research are important.
However, this is not required for consideration as selection of projects from user community is available.  

The initial appointment will be for two years, optionally renewable for one additional year. 

Interested individuals should send a resume and optionally proposal with suitable research program (not to exceed 5 pages) to: ilavsky@aps.anl.gov. Do not send for now letters of recommendation or other materials, these will be due as part of web submission which will be posted on ANL web site soon. 


Dr. Jan Ilavsky, physicist
X-Ray Science Division
Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue, bldg 434D
Argonne, IL 60439, USA
Phone: (630) 252-0866
Fax: (630) 252-0862
Skype: Honzail

web page:
Indra 2 web page: http://usaxs.xray.aps.anl.gov/staff/ilavsky/indra_2.html
Irena 2 web page: http://usaxs.xray.aps.anl.gov/staff/ilavsky/irena.html
NIka web page: http://usaxs.xray.aps.anl.gov/staff/ilavsky/nika.html
USAXS web page: http://usaxs.xray.aps.anl.gov/index.html
APS small-angle page: http://small-angle.aps.anl.gov/
Suggestion No1 to users:
If the model is incompatible with your data, it is not the data you need to change. 
The fact, that A model fits your data, it is NOT proof that it is THE appropriate model. 

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