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Automated Cataloging of 2D Materials

Job ID 2775 Date posted 08/31/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings premier facilities and expertise to the most exciting and meaningful questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate state-of-the-art large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. Brookhaven Lab employs nearly 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff, and engages more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world each year. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale. Brookhaven Science Associates, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization, operates Brookhaven Lab for the U.S Department of Energy.

Organizational Overview

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven is a DOE-funded national scientific user facility, offering users a supported research experience with top-caliber scientists and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation. The CFN mission is advancing nanoscience through frontier fundamental research and technique development and is the nexus of a broad collaboration network. Each year, CFN staff members support the research of nearly 600 external facility users.

Three strategic nanoscience themes underlie the CFN scientific facilities: The CFN conducts research on nanomaterial synthesis by assembly designing precise architectures with targeted functionality by organizing nanoscale components. The CFN researches and applies platforms for state-of-the-art techniques for Accelerated Nanomaterial Discovery, integrating synthesis, advanced characterization, physical modeling, and computer science to iteratively explore a wide range of material parameters. The CFN develops and utilizes advanced capabilities for studies of Nanomaterials in Operando Conditions for characterizing materials and reactions at the atomic scale in real-world environments.

The CFN is seeking a Scientific Associate to work on a collaborative project to develop methods and software for a unique autonomous experimental platform. The CFN is building an integrated set of advanced tools to streamline synthesis and handling of two-dimensional (2D) materials; and in particular seeks an accomplished scientist to enhance the capabilities of an automated multi-modal microscope used to identify and classify 2D material flakes on surfaces. Your work will combine software development for instrument control and automation, data analysis pipelines for image recognition tasks, and machine-learning methods for classification and prediction. You will combine software skills with knowledge of ultrathin materials to implement physics-informed methods, and participate in the design of a domain-specific database. You will deploy multi-modal image recognition methods into an active research environment. You will collaborate with other project colleagues to integrate new methods into the overall platform.

Position Description

Roles and Responsibilities

As the Scientific Associate, you will have these roles and responsibilities:
  • You will improve instrument control software, developing iterative multi-modal scanning of samples.
  • You will develop improved image segmentation, recognition, and classification code, leveraging machine-learning methods where appropriate, to robustly identify 2D flakes.
  • You will leverage materials knowledge and measurement physics knowledge to develop domain-specific analysis modules.
  • You will participate in the design of a domain-specific database, including curation and annotation of datasets.
  • You will demonstrate the viability of developed methods by integrating them into the experimental platform, and working with other team members to automatically scan and classify samples.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are qualified for this role if:
  • You have earned a B.Sc. degree in Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, or a suitable related discipline;
  • You are knowledgeable in measurement and synthesis/handling applied to ultrathin (2D) materials;
  • You have experience with scientific programming using the Python language and some of the associated libraries (numpy, scipy, matplotlib, OpenCV, skimage, sklearn, etc.);
  • You have deployed software for hardware control and/or data analysis into materials research projects;
  • You deliver effectively on project goals and milestones, including working as part of a collaborative team;
  • You are committed to fostering an environment of safe scientific work practices.

Preferred background and experience:

You are well-matched to this position if:
  • You have minimum 2 years of additional technical experience outside of B.Sc. education, such as research training towards a Masters or Ph.D. degree, or technical work in a production environment;
  • You have experience with advanced analytics approaches, especially machine-learning methods for image registration, feature detection, segmentation and classification;
  • You have experience with multi-modal imaging/measurement instruments, especially modalities suitable for 2D materials (optical microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, AFM, STM, photoluminescence, etc.);
  • You have direct experience researching mechanical and/or optical properties of 2D material flakes;
  • You communicate effectively, especially in scientific discussions and in delivering technical documentation.
Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Energy and Photon Sciences Directorate are committed to your success. We offer a supportive work environment and the resources necessary for you to succeed.
At Brookhaven Lab, we believe comprehensive employee benefits are a meaningful part of employee compensation. Our benefits program includes:
  • Medical Plans
  • Vacations
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Retirement Plan
  • On site swimming pool, weight room tennis courts, and other employee benefits
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