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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Topological Materials (QSC)

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
15 days ago



Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will support the Correlated Electron Materials Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and is supported by the Department of Energy, Quantum Science Center, a National Quantum Information Science Research Center.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will help advance our understanding of topological quantum materials through materials synthesis, thermodynamic and transport property measurements, and structural characterization.  The core scientific aim of the work is  to realize bulk materials that may host Majorana zero modes, specifically among candidate topological superconductors and quantum spin liquids. As a postdoc, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including condensed matter theorists and scientists performing spin-angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and neutron diffraction and scattering.

Postdoctoral research associates appointed to the Quantum Science Center will engage with a network of universities, national laboratories, and industry to overcome key roadblocks in quantum state resilience, controllability, and ultimately the scalability of quantum technologies to realize the quantum future.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support efforts to develop and understand topological electronic and magnetic materials
  • Drive the research forward by identifying promising material systems and performing detailed experimental investigations
  • Perform the synthesis and single crystal growth of candidate materials, measure and analyze their physical properties, and tune them toward desired behaviors
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
  • Keep an orderly and informative laboratory workspace and notebook
  • Help maintain laboratory instruments
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements
  • Maintain a strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics


Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, or a related discipline completed within the last five years
  • Background in experimental materials physics research on topological materials, including materials synthesis and laboratory-based characterization of magnetic and electronic properties

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the health and safety hazards associated with an experimental condensed matter laboratory that houses an extensive synthesis effort
  • Experience with single crystal growth using molten fluxes, chemical vapor transport, directional solidification, and/or via optical floating zone furnaces
  • Skilled in x-ray diffraction data collection and analysis
  • Experience with characterization and analysis of thermodynamic properties, particularly characterization through AC and DC probes of the bulk magnetization and specific heat capacity
  • Skilled in characterization and analysis of transport properties (electrical, thermal, galvanomagnetic, thermomagnetic, thermoelectric). 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory 
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be for up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and the availability of funding.

Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position.  Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov.  Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

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Opportunity Information

  • Job ID: 58656509
  • Location:
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Opportunity Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Topological Materials (QSC)
  • Company Name: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Opportunity Type: Other

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