Synthesis of Metastable Materials at High Pressure
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 4/23/2019

Opportunity Description

The US Army Research Laboratory, located at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for an experimental scientist in the field of high-pressure and material research activities. Primary responsibilities include measurement of material behavior in response to pressure and temperature extremes utilizing Infrared and laser based spectroscopies, x-ray diffraction, and other static high-pressure experimental capabilities. 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, Materials Science, Optical Engineering 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. Before appointment, each applicant must present evidence of having received a Ph.D., Sc.D., or other earned research doctoral degree recognized in U.S. academic circles as equivalent to a Ph.D. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The fellowship is open to all qualified U.S. citizens. This opportunity requires good communication skills via scientific publications and regular technical presentations and the ability to do research with a team in a variety of settings. Successful candidates would have familiarity with the following: The use of high-pressure/high-temperature technologies such as diamond anvil cells, large volume presses, and resistive and laser heating techniques Research experience in solid state chemistry and/or novel material synthesis under extreme environments The use of optical-based spectroscopies, x-ray/neutron diffraction, and other analytical techniques, as well as techniques available at national user facilities such as synchrotron x-ray, neutron and laser source Interpretation of vibrational spectra Interpretation of powder and single-crystal x-ray/neutron diffraction patterns, including full Reitveld refinements Techniques related to the growth of single crystals suitable for diffraction Experience in the setup and alignment of various systems for spectroscopic studies 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.Timothy 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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