Postdoctoral Fellowship NREL/NIST Center for Neutron Research Structure

Golden, Colorado
Mar 12, 2019
Apr 11, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

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Postdoctoral Fellowship NREL/NIST Center for Neutron Research Structure – Dynamics/Functional Relationships in Energy-Related Materials

Job Req R3931

Job Description

We are seeking candidates for postdoctoral positions focused on studying alternative energy systems specifically materials for the investigation of hydrogen-storage and hydrogen carriers related phenomena. The successful applicants will be part of the DOE-FCTO HyMARC Energy Materials Network (EMN) initiative at NREL however the position will involve a primary in-residence assignment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, MD. The NCNR is a world leader in neutron sciences with 24 operating instruments serving more than 2200 research participants/year resulting in 350 scientific publications/year. Besides the wide array of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering instruments, the NCNR operates a variety of complementary facilities, from X-ray diffractometers, analytic chemistry instruments and gas adsorption apparatus, and has access to a wide range of other state of the art equipment through partnerships with other NIST labs and local universities.

The successful candidate will work with NREL and NIST and be a major contributor to research aimed at understanding the physics and chemistry underpinning hydrogen interactions in modern hydrides, adsorbent-based systems and new materials for application as hydrogen carriers, with a view to their implementation in prototype systems. This is a competitive and rapidly advancing field that offers the potential to contribute to both fundamental science and applied programs. For young scientists, this is an excellent opportunity to broaden one's experience and develop their expertise with a team that includes several National Laboratories: NREL, SNL, LLNL, PNNL, LBNL and NIST. The accepted applicant will use as primary characterization tools; quasi-elastic and inelastic spectroscopies, neutron diffraction, and neutron imaging techniques. The position is available through a collaborative DOE-EERE EMN research program HyMARC. The Key collaborations in HyMARC are with Dr. Thomas Gennett (NREL) (co-director), Dr. Mark Allendorf (SNL) )co-director, Dr. Jeffery R. Long and Dr. David Prendergast (LBNL), Dr. Tom Autrey (PNNL), Dr. Brandon Wood (LLNL) and Dr. Craig Brown at NIST.

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Candidates must have a PhD in physical science, a strong work ethic, excellent communications skills and a proven publication record. Experience in neutron or X-ray scattering is desirable but not essential. The position is open immediately and the appointment term will be for up to two years with the potential for extension. Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

Must be a recent PhD graduate within the last three years.