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Postdoctoral Research Associate, X-ray Scattering RA for Topological Excitations

Job ID 1545 Date posted 11/30/2018


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The Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department has a very strong tradition of research in quantum materials using several experiment techniques including x-ray scattering, neutron scattering and photoelectron spectroscopy, etc.  This is complemented by excellent sample synthesis capabilities and strong theoretical support.  The position will also benefit greatly from close collaboration with PIs at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.

The successful candidate with work with Mark Dean X-Ray Scattering Group alongside co-PIs Valentina Bisogni, Ignace Jarrige, Yong Cai, Stuart Wilkins, Robert Konik, Alexei Tsvelik, Yimei Zhu and Victor Galitksy.



The successful candidate will develop x-ray and electron scattering techniques to probe topological excitations. This involves preparing and performing state-of-the-art scattering experiments, analyzing the data and disseminating the conclusions in scientific publications and talks.



  • A PhD in experimental condensed matter physics or related field.
  • A good understanding of the science of quantum materials
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • This position will require national and international travel to central user facilities such as synchrotrons.

While principally based at Brookhaven National Laboratory, candidates must be willing to travel to carry out experiments at national facilities.

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

An understanding of topology as it pertains to condensed matter systems.

Experience in techniques such as x-ray scattering, electron microscopy, neutron scattering, photoelectron spectroscopy etc.

Familiarity with proposal submission procedures and effective completion of experiments in fixed time-slots using national-scale central facilities.

Strong data analysis skills.  Knowledge of programming languages such as Python.


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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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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