Research Project Description
Postdoctoral Research Associate in PFM and ESM Imaging and Spectroscopy of Functional Materials
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites applications for an experimental postdoctoral research associate position in the field of scanning probe microscopy of ferroelectric, multiferroic, and piezoelectric materials and devices. This program takes advantage of recently developed capabilities for Piezoresponse Force Microscopy in liquid and ultra-high vacuum environments, and new spectroscopic modes for studies of thermodynamics and kinetics of polarization switching in a wide range of ferroelectric and multiferroic materials, nanostructures, and devices. This position provides an opportunity to join an experienced team to pursue the directions such as identification and control of static and dynamic ferroelectric phenomena at nanometer scale, ferroelastic domain structure engineering, coupling between ferroelectric and electronic transport, ionic phenomena in ferroelectrics, and time-resolved measurements. The CNMS is a collaborative nanoscience user research facility established by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
This position requires a Ph.D. in materials science or condensed matter physics. The successful applicant must demonstrate experience in the application of modern scanning probe techniques for ferroelectric materials and devices, good background in ferroelectric and oxide materials. The knowledge of MatLab is a plus. The applicant is expected to participate in a strong existing research program, as well as to support and collaborate with a wide range of users at the CNMS. The applicant should be motivated, safety conscious and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. The applicant must have the ability to work in a team, interact effectively with colleagues and external collaborators. Demonstrated ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience is essential. Applicants must have received their highest degree not more than five years prior to the date of application, and must complete all degree requirements before starting the appointment.
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Sergei V. Kalinin (email@example.com) and reference the ad number listed above in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.