Postdoctoral Research Associate Material Characterization by X-ray SpectroscopyJob ID 2712 Date posted 07/02/2021
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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.
Led by Brookhaven Lab, the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage (C2QA) is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct basic research in QIS. Comprising more than 20 national labs, research centers, universities, and industry, the C2QA team aims to overcome the performance limitations of current-generation quantum computers by targeting three research thrusts: software and algorithms, devices, and materials. Within the materials thrust, a key task is to correlate materials analysis with quantum device characterization. In collaboration with C2QA partner institutes, new quantum materials are being developed and investigated at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), one of five DOE funded Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), and the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS II), one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world, with the goal of controlling material properties to extend coherence time for more robust qubits.
The holder of this position will participate in the teams effort to develop new materials for superconducting qubits and establishing connections between direct material characterization and device performance. Specifically, the person will contribute to materials characterization using synchrotron-based and lab-based X-ray spectroscopy/scattering/diffraction techniques at NSLS II and CFN. The person will also participate in thin film material synthesis and work closely with the effort in device fabrication/characterization to complete the feedback loop.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Carry out research in the field of materials for the next generation of quantum computers, to investigate material properties using X-ray techniques and identify/isolate material defects that contribute to quantum decoherence.
- Participate in intra-team and inter-team collaborations in correlating materials analysis with quantum device performance.
- Contribute to material synthesis/processing to improve material properties, by eliminating defects identified as source of decoherence.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- PhD in an experimental physical science or related engineering discipline
- Demonstrates ability to clearly present results in scientific papers and seminars
- Ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team environment
- Good scientific writing and oral presentation abilities, and publication experience
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Familiarity with X-ray spectroscopy/scattering/diffraction methods, including XPS/PES, XAS, XRD
- Familiarity with scientific computing tools for data acquisition and analysis
- Experience with thin film synthesis by vapor deposition techniques
- Experience with superconducting materials studies
- Basic knowledge on electron microscopy (TEM/SEM) techniques
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