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Postdoctoral Appointee

Title:  Postdoctoral Appointee Date Posted:  10/20/2012
Division:  X-Ray Science Date Re-posted:  
Requisition:  320008 XSD Salary:  4586-7644
Employment Category:  Temporary Pay Cycle:  Monthly
Shift:  8:30am - 5:00pm Grade:  700
Hours:  40  
Job Description
  Basic Purpose
  This position is co-sponsored by General Electric - Global Research (GE-GR) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory. It is intended to bridge the gap between advanced characterization capabilities at national facilities and industrial R&D. The position will entail carrying out synchrotron radiation research of scientific and technical relevance to GE-GR, with a focus on understanding microstructure and strain evolution in superalloys. The candidate will primarily conduct experiments on these materials at the recently-constructed 1-ID-E end-station at the APS. This will include in-situ studies (under thermal, mechanical and/or thermo-mechanical loading) with high-energy x-rays and complementary detection modes of near-field diffraction, far-field diffraction, tomography and small-angle scattering. Experiments at other APS beamlines will also be considered as appropriate. The candidate will be primarily based at the APS, but will be integrated into the research team at GE-GR and will spend a portion of time there (Niskayuna, New York). The synchrotron research at APS is part of GE-GR`s effort to characterize 3D microstructures of superalloys in order to accelerate materials development at GE for more energy efficient land-based gas turbines and in aircraft engines. The candidate is expected to play an active role in identifying and exploring new areas to expand GE`s synchrotron-based materials research. In coordination with GE-GR and APS direction, the candidate will be expected to plan experiments, collect and analyze data, and report results in oral and written form to sponsors. The candidate will also be expected to publish in scientific journals, as mutually agreed by GE-GR and APS. The candidate should seek APS beamtime through a combination of mechanisms, including staff time, partner user collaborations and/or the general user system.
  Knowledge, Skills and Experience
The candidate is expected to have a passion for solving real-world problems by working in a team environment and maintaining a balance between fundamental and applied research. Knowledge of crystallography and one or more of the following techniques: x-ray diffraction, scattering and imaging, is required, as are excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Good knowledge of x-ray physics and optics, synchrotron radiation and detectors. Knowledge of other characterization techniques such as electron microscopy techniques (e.g. EBSD), and software skills in high level programming (Matlab, Python, etc) and data visualization is desirable.
This level of scientific knowledge and sophistication required is normally associated with a Ph.D. in applied physics, materials science, or related disciplines.
  Minimum Education/Experience Requirements
Years Since Ph.D. -- 0-1, 1-2, 2-3

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