Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ames Laboratory
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Division of Materials Science and Engineering with Iowa State University at the Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, is searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate.
The successful candidate will perform research activities and provide advanced scientific and technical support for existing projects with a primarily focus on characterizing novel materials (topological materials, fragile magnets, superconductors) as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field under varying amounts of pressure and/or strain. The person in this position would use and, ideally, extend the research group’s high pressure / strain expertise. Over the past 20 years the group has developed the capabilities to measure magnetization, magnetotransport, ac specific heat and strain gauge dilatometry in piston-cylinder cells; magnetotransport in modified Bridgman cells; large signal magnetization in moissanite and diamond anvil cells (MAC and DAC); and magnetotransport under uniaxial strain in a commercial Razorbill strain cell. Although establishing strong expertise in using diamond pressure cells in the group is not currently a strong priority, we would be happy to consider a person with DAC expertise as well. Although the focus of this position is on use and development of measurements under pressure and strain, the successful candidate will also be able to engage in the synthesis and growth of novel materials, often in single crystal form.
The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will be expected to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with renewal appointments based on annual performance assessments and availability of funds.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.
Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics or related field.
Demonstrated research experience in assembling and using high pressure and/or strain cells for measurements of physical properties.
Experience in materials characterization, including powder x-ray diffraction, electrical and/or thermal transport, magnetization, specific heat, thermal expansion.
Experience in using of cryogenic equipment.
Experience in automation of measurements control and data acquisition using common software packages.
Demonstrated experience in writing of scientific papers and communicating research results via oral presentation in English.
Department/Program & College Description:
Proposed Start Date:
October 1, 2020
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
September 30, 2021
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Original Posting Date:
August 27, 2020
Posting Close Time:
This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.
Posting Close Date:
September 21, 2020
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