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Argonne National Laboratory Assistant Physicist in Lemont, Illinois

Assistant Physicist

Requisition Number: 409259 Location: Lemont, IL

Functional Area: Research and Development Division: XSD-X-Ray Science Division

Employment Category: Regular Shift: 8:30 - 5:00

Level (Grade): RD2 Share: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter

The X-ray Science Division (XSD) of Argonne National Laboratory enables world-class research using x-rays by developing cutting edge X-ray instrumentation and techniques, and pursuing research in the physical, chemical, environmental, and materials sciences. To accomplish this mission, XSD fully operates 43 beamlines and is a partner in the operation of three more beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source (APS).

We are currently seeking to fill a Beamline Scientist position at the 6-ID-D high-energy scattering beamline. This beamline operates in the 50-130 keV range using a superconducting undulator as its primary x-ray source and a Si(311) / Si(331) bent Laue monochromator. The experimental station includes a Huber psi diffractometer for single crystal diffraction as well as instrumentation for powder diffraction and PDF measurements in a variety of sample environments.

The successful candidate will develop and support the high-energy single-crystal diffraction user and research programs. A main thrust of this program is to develop x-ray scattering techniques to probe long- and short-ranged atomic and electronic correlations in single crystalline samples using high energy x-rays. This involves implementing hardware for high-throughput data collection, and software for data processing and analysis leveraging high-performance computing capabilities at Argonne. Additional activities include development of sample environments for single crystal diffraction under external stimuli such as uniaxial strain, hydrostatic pressure, low- and high-temperatures, electric and magnetic fields. This position involves individual and/or collaborative research aimed at pushing the envelope in the application of high-energy single crystal diffraction to address frontier problems in condensed matter physics and materials science. The candidate is also expected to leverage the high brilliance and/or coherence of the upgraded APS-U x-ray source to advance high-energy scattering techniques.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Significant knowledge of fundamentals of single crystal diffraction as a probe of long- and short-ranged atomic and electronic correlations.
  • Experience and skill in implementation aspects of single crystal diffraction experiments.
  • Significant knowledge of condensed matter physics.
  • Significant experience and skill in advanced data analysis.
  • Good knowledge of x-ray optics, x-ray detectors, and precision instrumentation.
  • Good knowledge of fundamentals of synchrotron radiation.
  • Interest in developing and maintaining instrumentation for high-energy x-ray scattering experiments.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to details, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.

RD2 Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of experience; Master’s and 3+ years; Doctorate and 0 years, or equivalent.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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