Senior Polymer Scientist and Group Leader

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At Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Center for Nanophase Materials Science (CNMS), we’re looking to fill the position of a Senior Polymer Scientist and Group Leader of our Macromolecular Nanomaterials Group. The individual we’re seeking will have expertise in polymer physics, synthesis, and characterization (and/or similar areas) with a strong emphasis on nanoscale phenomena and enthusiasm for the use of neutron scattering.

CNMS is a user facility supported by the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). We emphasize research in a diverse spectrum of nanoscience activities including nanofabrication, macromolecular materials and functional nanomaterials, electron and scanning probe microscopies, x-ray diffraction, theory/modeling/simulation, and benefit from strong interactions with ORNL's other user facilities, such as the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), and the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS).

In this position you will:
- Formulate and lead a forefront nanoscience research effort in polymer science that takes advantage of existing CNMS capabilities in synthesis, characterization, and theory/modeling/simulation; fully benefits from ORNL’s leadership in neutron science and high-performance computing; and increasingly integrates with other ORNL soft-matter efforts. Of particular interest are research and development of well-defined polymers and supramolecular materials, such as branched and conjugated polymers, to elucidate fundamental properties required for the development of advanced materials for energy applications.
- Design your own research strategy and guide the Macromolecular Nanomaterials group to participate in/ benefit from ongoing CNMS in-house research themes, and contribute to the continuous re-evaluation of the CNMS scientific vision
- Pursue opportunities to broaden your Group’s research scope by securing funding from appropriate agencies and/or corporations.
- Create and oversee a dynamic user program in polymer science that provides needed capabilities in synthesis and characterization of soft matter to a national and international user community, emphasizing user satisfaction, number of users, and number of resulting publications.
- Present and report research results and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals in a timely manner.
- Mentor group members and ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.

To be considered, you must have:
- A Ph.D. in materials science, polymer science, chemistry, physics or a closely related science discipline with a minimum of 10 years of research experience.

This experience is to your advantage:
- An internationally recognized record of research in the field, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences.
- Proven leadership qualities as well as excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate in English to other staff members and international scientific audiences.
- A scientific track record that demonstrates your ability to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams that may include researchers in neutron scattering, x-ray diffraction, theory/modeling/simulation, electron and/or scanning probe microscopies, and functional characterization, or direct experience with these approaches and techniques.
- Previous experience in managing a research group, securing funding for yourself or larger teams, and managing complex synthesis and characterization laboratories.

For consideration, please apply at

You will also need to provide a list of publications when applying for this position as well as the names and contact information for three references. A concise statement of research interests is also required and can be uploaded to your ORNL profile or emailed directly to Include the title of the position and the NB number in the subject line in any email communication.

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