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Research Associate Materials Scientist

Job ID 1705 Date posted 07/23/2019

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 premier facilities and expertise to the most exciting and meaningful questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate state-of-the-art large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. Brookhaven Lab employs nearly 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff, and engages more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world each year. 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. Brookhaven Science Associates, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization, operates Brookhaven Lab for the U.S Department of Energy.

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 devises 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 Research Associate to conduct research on amorphous to crystalline transitions in energetic materials. In this position you will investigate initial crystalline seed formation and growth mechanisms to determine their influence on the final structure and porosity of the material. You will work with scientists from both BNL and Picatinny Arsenal to address challenges in the field of energetic materials.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are qualified for this Research Associate position if:

  • You earned a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline (Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Chemical Engineering) within the past five years.
  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are interested in learning surface spectro-microscopy methods as well as scattering and electron microscopy methods.
  • You work effectively in a collaborative team to tackle challenging scientific problems.
  • You are committed to fostering an environment of safe scientific work practices.
  • You have experience with ultra-high vacuum (UHV) equipment and procedures.

Preferred background and experience:

You are well-matched to this position if:

  • You possess excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • You have experience using electron microscopes and a record of success.
  • You have knowledge of analytical surface science techniques and have a record of success.
  • You can work independently within the team and engage with others in the scientific community.
  • You can 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 and click Jobs, then sort by job ID and apply to the job.

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.

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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