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Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering (SIX) Post Doctoral Research Associate

Job ID 1462 Date posted 10/02/2018

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Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is a new synchrotron light source operating at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. NSLS-II seeks a qualified Post Doctoral Research Associate for the Soft Inelastic X-ray Scattering (SIX) Beamline. The SIX Beamline, currently under commissioning, will provide state-of-the-art Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) capabilities, with ultra-high energy resolution in the soft X-ray range (160 eV – 2300 eV) up to 70000 resolving power, thus enabling the study of the electronic properties in quantum materials with an unprecedented energy resolution.

The selected candidate will perform scientific research by taking advantage of the unique qualities of the SIX beamlines, provide user support and contribute to the beamline development activities. As a member of the Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy program, the candidate is welcome to collaborate with other members of the group as well as to utilize complementary research opportunities at other beamlines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out scientific research in quantum materials utilizing the unique beamline capabilities
  • Provide users with the support and capabilities needed to achieve and complete high-impact experiments
  • Contribute to instrumentation upgrade activities to fulfill the scientific demand and maintain the beamline performances to the forefront

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science or related fields
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following: synchrotron-based soft X-ray techniques, ultra-high vacuum instrumentation, X-ray optics, X-ray detector
  • Understanding of strongly correlated electron systems
  • Strong publication record
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact effectively in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists and users
  • Demonstrated analytical skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in X-ray absorption (XAS) and scattering techniques, such as X-ray scattering, neutron scattering, photoelectron spectroscopy, etc.
  • Experience in single crystal alignment techniques
  • Experience in data analysis and data reduction
  • Experience in using software/codes XAS and RIXS calculations such as Quanty, CTM4RIXS, or similar
  • Programming skills in Python or similar languages
  • Proven abilities for disseminating research by writing papers and giving academic talks


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

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