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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neutron Scattering

Job ID 1019 Date posted 05/17/2017


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The Neutron Scattering Group, led by John Tranquada, is currently soliciting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to collaborate on studies of magnetism and superconductivity in strongly-correlated-electron systems.  Experiments, especially including inelastic neutron scattering are performed at national user facilities, such as the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, on crystals that are typically grown in our own labs.  We also work closely with other groups in the Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Division.



This job involves the planning and performance of neutron scattering experiments, including data collection and analysis, as well as writing up the results for publication.  There may be opportunities for crystal growth.



  • PhD. in Physics (or a closely related field) obtained within the last 5 years
  • Strong background in condensed-matter physics
  • Good computer skills
  • A curious mind


Desirable knowledge, experience

- Experience with scattering techniques
- Experience with some type of spectroscopy
- Knowledge of magnetism and correlated-electron physics
- Proficiency with scripting language, such as Python, IDL, or MatLab

Other Information

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive.  Our benefits program includes but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Dental Plans
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Swimming Pool, Weight room Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits.


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