Diffraction Analysis of Energetic and Propellant M
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 7/28/2019

Opportunity Description

The US Army Research Laboratory, located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellow for an experimental scientist in the field of crystallography. Primary responsibilities include measurement of material behavior utilizing x-ray and/or neutron diffraction. We are seeking a mature, competent, self-motivated scientist who shows ingenuity and proficiency in using state-of-the-art experimental techniques and innovative, integrated strategies to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems. Applicants should have received a Doctoral Degree in Physical Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography, Materials Science or a closely related discipline within the last five years or should be completing the requirements to receive a degree by the start of the appointment. This opportunity requires good communication skills via scientific publications, regular technical presentations and the ability to collaborate with a team in a variety of settings. Successful candidates would have familiarity with the following: •Various techniques for growth of crystals suitable for diffraction •The use of various lab based instruments to obtain x-ray diffraction •The use of synchrotron and/or neutron sources to obtain x-ray/neutron diffraction data •Interpretation of powder and single-crystal x-ray/neutron diffraction patterns, including full Reitveld refinements on known/unknown structures. •Familiarity with various software packages for analysis of diffraction data The initial appointment is for one year and may be renewed for up to a total of three years based upon recommendation of the US Army Research Laboratory and subject to availability of funds. The fellowship appointment is full-time at US Army Research Laboratory and does not incur any formal obligation to the government of the United States. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications) and brief statement of research interests to Dr. Jennifer Ciezak-Jenkins [Click Here To Join]), who will provide more specific information regarding current research and scientific support of the research proposal development.

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