Postdoctoral Appointee: Microscopist to Analyze Defects in Crystalline Materials
This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.
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We are seeking a postdoctoral appointee to investigate defect microstructures in crystalline materials. You will conduct experimental studies using advanced transmission electron microscopy and associated techniques to investigate dislocations, grain boundaries, and related crystalline defects. You will utilize Sandia’s ThermoFisher ThemisZ Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope. This is a probe-corrected instrument that is well-equipped with state-of-the-art imaging, diffraction, and spectroscopic capabilities. Potential research areas include strain accommodation mechanisms at interfaces, evolution of dislocation cell-walls and related deformation microstructures, deformationa and phase-transformations mechanisms in hydrogen structural materials, and radiation effects on interfaces and defect generation. You will work in a multi-disciplinary environment that will provide opportunities for collaboration with specialists in a wide range of experimental techniques and materials modeling approaches. You will be responsible for conducting rigorous and innovative microscopic analyses, bringing deep materials expertise to selected problems, and documenting research findings in the form of external, peer-reviewed journal publications.
Please provide a CV that includes a list of publications and contact information for at least three references and a cover letter (2-page maximum) addressing their qualifications and research interests relevant to this position.
The Energy Nanomaterials Department is a research organization specializing in the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for energy and national security applications. Projects and capabilities in the department's research portfolio include nanoporous materials for sensing, catalysis, energy harvesting, and gas storage; materials for energy and hydrogen storage; and nanoscale materials characterization including extensive electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation instrumentation, and X-ray diffraction.
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- Ph.D. in materials science, chemistry, physics, materials engineering, or a closely related discipline.
- Experience applying transmission electron microscopy to the nanoscale analysis of materials.
- A distinguished record of scientific research accomplishment, as demonstrated by authorship of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoE Q security clearance.
- Experience using TEM and/or STEM for high-resolution and diffraction contrast imaging, diffraction, and chemical spectroscopies (e.g., EDS or EELS).
- Experience in writing and documenting code for data analysis, particularly in applications for quantitative image processing.
- A foundational understanding of crystallography and crystal defects.
- Strong laboratory skills in TEM specimen preparation methods and in other materials characterization techniques.
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