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Postdoc in Self-Assembly in Optically Active Nanostructures

Job ID 2783 Date posted 08/30/2021

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.

Position Description

Roles and Responsibilities

As the Postdoc in Self-Assembly in Optically Active Nanostructures, you will have these roles and responsibilities: 
  • You will develop strategies for creating DNA-based nanostructures integrated with nanoparticles, their integration with optical and microfluidic devices.
  • You will characterize structural, optical, and other properties of synthesized materials and fabricated devices.
  • You will perform experiment design of nanoscale biomolecular materials and integrated devices and analyze the data to corroborate and support research findings.
  • You will collaborate with researchers and users with a broad range of interests.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

You are qualified for this position if:
  • You have earned a Ph.D. in material science, chemistry, biology, physics, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering or a related discipline within the past five years, or will complete this degree prior to starting the position.
  • You possess hands-on experience in assembly and characterization of different types of biomolecular systems.
  • You have performed nanoscale characterization using methods such as TEM, AFM, x-ray scattering, x-ray imaging, SEM, or advanced optical microscopy.
  • You communicate effectively by writing scientific papers and verbally by giving clear technical presentations.
  • 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 collaborative effectively within a team to tackle challenging science problems, while also working independently on your broadly defined research objectives.
  • You have integrated biomolecular synthesis and assembly methods into functional devices.
  • You have experience with design of complex biomolecular structures and their assembly, using software tools, and computational packages.
  • You have experience with nano/micro- technology  methods (nanofabrication, microfluidics, micro 3D printing, nanoscale device fabrication).
  • You communicate effectively, both verbally and through technical writing.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
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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