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Staff Scientist for Analytical Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

Job ID JR100569 Date posted 10/31/2023

The CFN is seeking an exceptional, creative, and energetic Scientific Associate with outstanding expertise in the development and application of advanced scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy within research areas relevant to clean energy, such as heterogeneous catalysis, oxidation/corrosion, and battery materials.  Your expertise in a wide range of forefront electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques is strongly preferred, such as valence electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and 4D-STEM, and you have significant interest in situ and operando microscopy. You will establish your own research programs that align with the CFN’s Strategic Plan and develop instrumentation science to be at the cutting edge of quantitative and analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy.  You will also be responsible for developing and using new hardware, software, and Artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) methods through varied and close collaborations within and outside of the CFN to optimize these forefront capabilities enabled by the two-incoming aberration-corrected monochromated STEMs for a wide range of research projects that ultimately will benefit society, especially in clean energy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Scientific Staff member for the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy, you will have these roles and responsibilities:

  • You will carry out impactful nanomaterial research of your own, publishing papers, and giving external presentations on your work.
  • You will be an active member of the Electron Microscopy and Materials Science. professional communities, attending and presenting at conferences and workshops to promote CFN facilities and engage potential new users.
  • You will contribute equal effort to advancing your research and supporting CFN user projects.
  • You will support the nanoscience user community and perform basic science research in the field of analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy.
  • You will be working with group members and contributing to the management of the Electron Microscopy facility user program, including user proposal reviews, allocations, and scheduling.
  • You will work with other Electron Microscopy group members to oversee the day-to-day operations of the various electron microscopes, especially the environmental and analytical electron microscopy capabilities.
  • You will mentor post-docs and graduate/undergraduate students and foster their professional development.
  • You will participate and advance the DEI mission of DOE and BNL for broadening participation in the STEM fields.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are qualified for this Staff Scientist position if:

  • You have earned a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or a suitable Engineering discipline, and a minimum of two years of experience after earning a Ph.D. degree.
  • You have conducted high-impact research using and developing aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy, especially electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and EELS simulations, to understand the properties and performance of nanomaterials as demonstrated by frequent publications of research results in peer-reviewed journals.
  • You are an engaged member of the electron microscopy and materials science professional societies and regularly present your research at conferences and workshops.
  • You are committed to working safely in the laboratory and fostering an environment of safe-work practices.
  • You are committed to cultivating an inclusive environment and broadening participation in the STEM fields.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

You are well-matched to this position if: 

  • You have excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for collaboration with other scientists and microscopists from multiple disciplines and institutions.
  • You have excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • You collaborate effectively in interdisciplinary teams, in both leadership and supporting roles.
  • You have demonstrated experience developing data analytics tools using Python or other programming languages for data analytics, processing, or machine learning on microscopy data, including spectroscopy.
  • You have experience with a wide range of electron microscopy techniques as well as advancing the development of forefront EM techniques (software and/or hardware), such as 4D-STEM, tomography, EELS and EELS simulations, quantification of EM data (spectra and/or images), and in situ.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Any information pertaining to the environment, health or safety requirements for a position that will be considered when evaluating a candidate
  • Essential functions from Job Assessment Form (JAF) such as: lifting of 30 pounds; the ability to run a ½ mile; successfully pass a stress test, climb a ladder or more, etc.

Brookhaven Laboratory is committed to providing fair, equitable and competitive compensation. The full salary range for this position is $98,650.00 - $163,750.00 /year. Salary offers will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification, education and experience and considered with the internal peer group.

Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at:

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