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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Electron Microscopy and Quantum Materials

Job ID 1499 Date posted 10/19/2018


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The Advanced Electron Microscopy and Nanostructured Materials Group in CMPMS, BNL, is seeking postdoctoral research associate for electron microscopy study of quantum materials for neuromorphic computing. 

The goal of the research is to explore, understand, and control the novel physical mechanisms of quantum materials that will enable bio-inspired functionalities. The research will focus on quantum materials presenting insulator-metal-transition, spin-torque-oscillator, or topological properties for novel forms of information storage and manipulation.

The position will provide an exceptional opportunity for research in quantum materials and devices for one or two of the following areas: strongly correlated electron systems, ferroelectrics and multiferroics, topological insulators, skyrmions, and superconductors, at the forefront of electron microscopy to understand structure-property relationship. Planed experiments include, but not limited to, atomic imaging, high energy-resolution energy-loss spectroscopy, nanoprobe 4D scanning diffraction, and low-temperature biasing for quantitative data analyses.  The work will be conducted under the direction of Dr. Yimei Zhu. The research is supported by the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center: Quantum Materials for Energy-Efficient Neuromorphic Computing. Close collaborations with leading theoretical and experimental groups at the center are an essential ingredient of the research.  



  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science or closely related fields. 
  • Solid background in electron microscopy and structural characterization.
  • Extensive hands-on experience in aberration corrected electron microscopy and monochromated electron energy-loss-spectroscopy.
  • Effective communication skills.

BNL policy states that research associate appointments may be made to individuals who have received their Ph.D. within the past five years. BNL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.


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