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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Simulations of Self-assembly

Job ID 1690 Date posted 03/31/2019

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 world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. 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, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.

The CFN 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 creates new strategies for Nanomaterial Synthesis by Assembly, designing precise architectures with targeted functionality by organizing nanoscale components. The CFN devise and applies new platforms that Accelerate Nanomaterial Discovery, to achieve improved material performance and functionality. 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 an exceptional postdoctoral researcher to perform simulation studies of self-assembling thin film materials. This project is a collaboration between Brookhaven’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN), National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and Computational Science Initiative (CSI). In this project, the aim is to develop "autonomous experimentation”—machine-guided experimental control—and applying it to study of self-assembling block copolymer thin films. The team can benefit by adding a strong scientist to develop the theoretical, computational, and simulation underpinnings of this ambitious project. In this role, you will develop simulation workflows suitable for capturing the non-equilibrium ordering of block copolymer materials. You will use these simulations to further fundamental understanding of self-assembling phenomena. You will also couple these simulation methods into experimental workflows—working with experimental and applied mathematics colleagues. You will have opportunities to advance modern machine-learning, by coupling theory/simulation input into learning algorithms that control a novel experimental platform (realtime x-ray scattering measurement of material processing). Your research will lead to advances in materials simulation, deeper understanding of self-assembly, and ultimately to new autonomous experiment methods (especially thin film synthesis/processing platforms). In carrying out your project, you will be mentored by Kevin Yager (CFN), and will collaborate closely with Masa Fukuto (NSLS-II) and Frank Alexander (CSI).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are qualified for this postdoctoral position if:

  • You have earned a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or a suitable related discipline within the past five years.

  • You have strong expertise with theory and simulation methods applicable to soft materials.

  • You have experience with scientific software programming.

  • You collaborate effectively with other scientists, while working independently within your broadly-defined research objective.

  • You participate meaningfully in scientific discussions and the preparation of publications.

  • You are committed to working safely and fostering an environment of safe-work practices.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are particularly well-matched to this position if:

  • You have direct experience simulating the behavior of self-assembling polymer systems using a modern and robust approach, such as self-consistent field theory (SCFT), coarse-grained molecular dynamics (MD), or dissipative particle dynamics (DPD).

  • You understand the physics of block copolymer thin films.

  • You have some experience with modern machine-learning methods and libraries.

  • You have experience in using Python for scientific software programming.

  • You communicate effectively, both verbally and through writing.

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

• On site swimming pool, weight room tennis courts, and other employee benefits

We invite you to consider working at Brookhaven Lab. To be considered for this position, apply online at to job #1690.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that you receive full consideration for employment. No one will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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