Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline

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The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is a new research facility operating at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The NSLS-II seeks an exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Associate to lead the investigation on a new Quantum Information Science project, using the Coherent Soft X-ray Scattering (CSX) beamline. The CSX beamline, fully operational for more than 3 years, is the world leading instrument in resonant soft x-ray coherent scattering and is ideal for investigating electronic orderings and their inhomogeneity.

The successful candidate will lead experiments on innovative 2D artificial structures in collaboration with Harvard University and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at BNL. The successful candidate will investigate the structural and electronic properties of these materials, leading to a better understanding of their potential use as future qubits for quantum calculations. The successful candidate will take the lead in planning and preparing the experiments, in managing and analyzing the data.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, or related fields) within the past 5 years;
  • A good understanding of solid state physics and their electronic properties;
  • Ability to interact effectively in a team environment, with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and users;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

 Preferred background and experience:

  • Experience with x-ray, electron or neutron diffraction, and coherent scattering techniques;
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis and data reduction;
  • Demonstrated capability of working independently, good organizational, analytical skills and work planning capabilities;
  • Significant Python programming experience or similar skills and a willingness to contribute to the development of NSLS-II data analysis tools in an open-source, collaborative environment;
  • Proven abilities of disseminating research by writing papers and giving academic talks.


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