Postdoctoral Appointee – NST Electron & X-Ray Microscopy

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The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL is looking for a postdoctoral candidate to perform research on acoustic-electric coupling in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) using time-resolved x-ray and electron microscopy.

The successful candidate would be part of a dynamic team, working with a group of scientists conducting a wide range of basic research using state-of-the-art nanofabrication tools and the ultrafast electron microscope (UEM) at the CNM as well as the hard x-ray nanoprobe beamline (HXN) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS).

The candidate will primarily be responsible for developing an experimental program that uses stroboscopic diffraction imaging to study the interaction between acoustically-induced strain waves and photo-generated carriers in 2D TMD materials. The candidate will also collaborate with other members at the CNM, APS and Northwestern University, to seek research opportunities involving nanoscale strain imaging of monolayer 2D materials, taking full advantage of the diffraction-limit source at the billion-dollar APS-Upgrade infrastructure.

The candidate shall publish results in refereed journals and make oral presentations at meetings conferences, symposia, and seminars. They shall maintain cognizance of available techniques and expertise in related research groups through interactions and collaborative efforts. They shall report on experiment progress, technique development, and new initiatives to peer reviewers and to program manager.

Position Requirements


  • Candidates must have a PhD in Physics or related field; achieved within the last 3 years or upcoming year.
  • A strong background in basic or applied research in one of the following fields is preferred: materials science, nanotechnology, condensed matter physics.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong skills in collaboration and ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to model Argonne’s core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity, and teamwork.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Ability to perform advanced data analysis using python or MATLAB.
  • Experience with x-ray or electron microscopy techniques.
  • Research experience with 2D TMD materials and devices.
  • Research experience with surface acoustic wave devices or nano-phononics.


  • Experience with developing and carrying out synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments.
  • Experience with x-ray, electron, or optical stroboscopic time-resolved experiments.
  • Experience with techniques for strain manipulation in 2D materials.

Job Family : Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile : Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type : Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type : Full time

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