Postdoctoral Appointee-Neutron and X-ray Scattering Group

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7075551 (Ref:409452)

Posted: February 25, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Appointee position within our Materials Science Division (MSD). 

The job will focus on studying magnetism in films and heterostructures, with an emphasis on understanding the correlation between the magnetic spin configurations and anomalous Hall effects in topological heterostructures and the electric control of magnetic properties. The primarily research tool for studying these systems will be neutron scattering, particularly polarized neutron reflectometry. This will be complemented by X-ray techniques, such as X-ray magnetic dichroism, and in-house laboratory probes of structure and magnetism. A significant part of the experimental work will be performed at large-scale neutron or X-ray user facilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • A PhD in physics, materials science, or a related field with an emphasis on magnetism (obtained within the past 3 years), is required.
  • Applicants should have proven expertise with performing experimental research involving magnetic films, which should include performing and/or interpreting results from magnetometry and structural characterization (XRD, XRR, etc.) experiments.
  • Experience with electronic transport measurements, neutron and/or x-ray scattering, computer data analysis and modeling, and film grown techniques (sputtering, PLD, or MBE) is desirable.
  • The candidate is expected to be able to effectively collaborate as well as independently pursue research ideas.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.

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