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Scientist — Multimodal Spectro-Microscopy of 2D Materials

Job ID 3143 Date posted 06/12/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven Lab 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.

Position Description

The CFN is seeking an exceptional scientist to join a research effort investigating the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of nanomaterials and nanomaterial heterostructures that may enable new approaches for quantum information science. In this position, you will apply x-ray photoemission electron microscopy / low-energy electron microscopy (XPEEM/LEEM) and other advanced characterization methods at the CFN and NSLS-II, to investigations of thin films, exfoliated flakes of 2D materials, and layered heterostructures made from 2D materials. You will work in partnership with the CFN Quantum Material Press, which is a unique, robotic platform for synthesis of layered 2D heterostructures by assembly.

In this role, you will primarily (~80%) support CFN facility users conducting research on 2D materials, primarily through training, technical guidance, operating scientific capabilities including the CFN XPEEM/LEEM endstation at the Electron Spectro-Microscopy (ESM) beamline of NSLS-II (80% of effort), and developing new advanced techniques.  You will also undertake independent scientific and technical investigations related to 2D materials (20%).

Position Requirements

Roles and Responsibilities:

In this position, you will have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • You will participate in operating and maintaining the x-ray photoemission electron microscopy / low-energy electron microscopy (XPEEM/LEEM) endstation at the NSLS-II ESM beamline;
  • You will support CFN facility users conducting research using the XPEEM/LEEM endstation;
  • You will collaborate with other scientists at BNL and elsewhere on a joint a research effort on investigating the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of novel nanomaterials;
  • You will undertake independent scientific investigations related to 2D materials.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

You are qualified for this position if:

  • You have earned a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a suitable related discipline;
  • You have 2+ years of post PhD related experience;
  • You have a recent record of high-impact research in the field of 2D materials, evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings;
  • You have experience applying spectro-microscopy methods, including XPEEM/LEEM to investigations of thin films and surfaces;
  • You have knowledge and demonstrated experience in operating/maintaining ultra-high vacuum (UHV) instrumentation.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

You are well-matched to this position if:

  • You have used electron spectro-microscopy techniques to perform scientific investigations.
  • You have previously worked in a synchrotron-based research environment;
  • You can work independently within a collaborative team;
  • You communicate effectively, both verbally and also through writing;
  • You have experience working in a scientific user facility and understand their role in facilitating research.   

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 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, Dental and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Table Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are 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. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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