Research Project Description
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neutron Scattering/Diffraction for Membrane Biophysics
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
The Biology and Soft Matter Division (BSMD) of the Neutron Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking candidates for two new postdoctoral research scientists in the area of membrane diffraction/scattering. The Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), the United States' highest flux reactor based neutron source, and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator based neutron source. Together these facilities operate 24 instruments for neutron scattering research, each year carrying out 1000 experiments in the physical, chemical, materials, biological and medical sciences for 2000 visiting scientists. The BSMD is responsible for the scientific and user programs on several of the neutron scattering instruments at ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). To learn more about Neutron Sciences at ORNL go to: http://neutrons.ornl.gov.
The successful candidates will join a multi-disciplinary research team to carry out research on the structure and interaction of peptides/proteins in lipid membrane using neutron and x-ray scattering. These projects involve application of small–angle scattering and grazing-incidence small-angle scattering and include developing novel instrumentation and data analysis methods. The positions represent excellent opportunities for an individual to develop his/her career and interact with leading scientists from around the world. These are two-year positions (one-year initially, renewable for a second year).
For more information about this position please contact Shuo Qian (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please reference this position in your correspondence.
A Ph.D. degree completed within the last 5 years in biophysics, physics, chemistry or a related field is required. The candidates should have strong background in physics, with experience in scattering techniques, preferably grazing-incidence small-angle scattering. Expertise in lipid membranes or peptides and strong laboratory skills would be a distinct advantage. The candidates should be self-motivated, have good interpersonal, communication and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with staff at all levels and to work within a multi-disciplinary team.
Applicants cannot have received the most recent degree more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.
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.