Research Project Description
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Nuclear Materials Science and Technology
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
One postdoctoral associate position is available in the area of experimental materials science to understand response of ceramic structures to energy deposition. The research will focus on effects of ion and electron irradiation on microstructural evolutions in complex ceramics. Duties of the appointment will include conducting studies of defects, defect processes, and irradiation effects in oxides and carbides. The candidates must have knowledge of ion-solid interaction and irradiation effects in materials, and be capable of innovative and independent research in this area. Experience with ion/electron irradiation, electron microscopy, diffraction techniques and some optical techniques (including photoluminescence, cathodoluminescence, ion-induced-luminescence, Raman and IR measurements) to study defect configuration, defect diffusion, or the interaction of radiation with solids is preferred. The successful candidate will be part of an integrated team of computational and experimental scientists. Excellent oral and written communications skills are mandatory. Other duties will include publication of results in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and development of proposals for new research projects.
The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in Materials Science/Engineering or equivalent at the time of appointment. The position requires hands-on experience in transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and sample preparation using Focused Ion Beam methods.
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.
Please send any inquiries with regards to the position to Yanweng Zhang at ORNL (firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-574-8518) or William J. Weber (email@example.com, 865-574-6773). Information on the Nuclear Materials Science and Technology Group may be obtained at http://www.ornl.gov/sci/physical_sciences_directorate/mst/NMST/ .