Staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

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The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is a high-intensity x-ray source which provides users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, materials science, cultural heritage, and engineering. CHESS is seeking a staff scientist (Research Associate) to support the scientific community performing high impact research on CHESS beamlines.


· Attract and support an active user community employing x-ray techniques to characterize materials properties

· Foster productive scientific collaborations with the diverse CHESS user community

· Creatively contribute to the development of new synchrotron methods and techniques

· Communicate research results obtained in collaboration with users through publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at national and international conferences.

Essential Qualifications:

· Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field and 2 years post-PhD experience

· Interest and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research environment

· Record of impactful scientific publications

· Ability to communicate effectively with technical experts and researchers at all levels, including students and facility users

· Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal.

The initial appointment is for two years and can be renewed based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. For further information about the position, please contact CHESS Associate Director Elke Arenholz ( The posting will remain open until the position is filled. Applications received before June 15th, 2020 are guaranteed full consideration.

Applications should be submitted at:

A complete application will include the following material:

· Cover letter

· Curriculum Vitae

· List of Publications

· Statement of Research Interests summarizing examples of recent research, including contributions to instrumentation or method development, if applicable, and ideas for contributing to synchrotron science, technology, and/or developing user communities

· Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Located on the Cornell University campus in New York State, CHESS serves a world-wide user community of materials scientists, structural biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Cornell’s inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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