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Department of Physics and Astronomy Collins Research Group
Postdoctoral Opportunity: Environmental RSoXS

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available with professor Brian A. Collins, in the Department of Physics at Washington State University (WSU) in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Nano-to-mesoscale interactions and structures within organic systems are of critical importance for our understanding of their macroscopic properties and functions, many of which only occur in specific operational environments. Resonant soft X-ray scattering (RSoXS) is uniquely sensitive to bond-type, bond-orientation, and is capable of probing these materials with high sensitivity using their intrinsic chemical structure rather than laborious or disruptive labeling. Currently, however, RSoXS can only be performed on samples suspended in vacuum. The development of environmental control (gases, liquids, temperatures, electric fields, and charges) will allow leaps in our knowledge of interactions and structures of organic materials that are uniquely relevant to the very applications in which they form, exist and function.

DUTIES: The successful candidate is expected to develop a new instrument at beamline that incorporates environmental control and stimuli during RSoXS measurements on soft matter systems enabling in-situ and in-operando measurements on materials applicable to organic devices or biological systems. This will involve a new chamber, detector, and a commercial flow apparatus commonly used for transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). The work is expected to involve incorporation of systems, design and lithographic fabrication of environmental ‘cells’, and demonstration of the final instrument by applying its capabilities in a scientific project that combines TEM and RSoXS. With RSoXS beamlines being developed at synchrotrons around the world, this work will demonstrate leadership and expertise in a widely expanding field with excellent career opportunities.

REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have significant experience in either synchrotron X-ray scattering/spectroscopy techniques or in-situ flow-cell experiments in a TEM. Computer program experience is highly encouraged. Candidates must also have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical/Materials Engineering, or a related field.

APPOINTMENT: This is a joint appointment between WSU and the LBNL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program with benefits associated with WSU. The salary is $61,200/yr with appropriate experience. The term is for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. A few month’s prep work locally at WSU is preferred with the remainder of the appointment to occur at LBNL. Preferred start date is as soon as available.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV (including list of publications), and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Brian A. Collins at Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.