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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Quantum Materials for Quantum Computing
Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Date Posted 11/26/2021
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Requisition Id 7108 


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 Nanomaterials Chemistry Group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to conduct research in the area of quantum materials, in particular of relevance to quantum computing. Furthermore, the position is a part of the Quantum Science Center, which provides networking and growth opportunities for researchers in the area of quantum materials and quantum computing.


The scientific focus of the project is to identify new quantum materials and tune their properties using chemical modification. This will involve the synthesis of powder and single crystal forms of these materials, and understanding of their structure and properties will be gained using crystallographic, magnetic and transport measurements. 


As a postdoc, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds, including condensed matter theorists and scientists performing neutron scattering experiments at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). Where appropriate, thin film device experts and quantum computing experts will be engaged to further study low temperature quantum properties.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support all aspect of the experimental efforts in the development of new quantum materials
  • Utilize chemical and/or electrochemical methods to modify the properties of quantum materials
  • Synthesize and characterize inorganic materials including halides, oxides, chacogenides, and intermetallic compounds by a variety of solid state methods
  • Identify promising new material systems and perform detailed experimental investigations, such as magnetic susceptibility and neutron scattering
  • Present and report research results and publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals in a timely fashion
  • Assist in maintaining shared laboratory equipment and training new users
  • 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 Solid State Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or a related field completed within the last 5 years


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with single crystal growth, and/or with doping of inorganic solids through low temperature methods
  • Background in magnetism and inorganic materials synthesis and characterization
  • Experience in magnetic characterization and analysis using AC and DC magnetometry
  • Proficiency in x-ray diffraction
  • Familiarity with the health and safety hazards associated with an experimental condensed matter laboratory and/or solid state chemistry laboratory that houses an extensive synthesis effort
  • Excellent record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • 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


Please submit three letters of reference when applying to this position. You can upload these directly to your application or have them sent to postdocrecruitment@ornl.gov with the position title and number referenced in the subject line.


Instructions to upload documents to your candidate profile:

  • Login to your account via jobs.ornl.gov
  • View Profile
  • Under the My Documents section, select Add a Document


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.


Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.

ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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