Postdoctoral Appointee – Autonomous Experiments Using High-Energy X-ray Diffraction

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7080532 (Ref:410325)

Posted: June 28, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Structural Science group (SRS) in  the x-ray Science Division (XSD) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) enables world-class research using high-energy x-rays by developing cutting edge x-ray instrumentation and techniques, and pursuing research in the physical, chemical, environmental, and materials sciences with a main emphasis on in situ and operando experiments. To accomplish this mission, SRS fully operates four independent beamlines in the photon energy range between 27 to 106 keV. We are currently seeking for a Postdoctoral Appointee to support the high-energy x-ray beamline 17-BM for a 2-year period. The beamline is dedicated to rapid data acquisition powder diffraction and total scattering experiments enabling pair distribution function (PDF) analysis.


The successful candidate will develop new approaches for materials discovery applying artificial intelligence for autonomous experiments, which includes synthesis of materials related to clean and sustainable energy storage and conversion.

The SRS group works closely with the “Scientific Software Engineering and Data Management” (SDM) group and the “Computational X-ray Science” (CXS) group at the APS offering opportunities to collaborate with experts in the field of computational applied science.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience in conducting in situ and operando diffraction experiments
  • Experience in development and application of machine learning methods
  • Development of software related to the control of sample environments, data acquisition and data analysis
  • Knowledge of diffraction theory, crystallography, and approaches to advanced analysis including structural refinement and modeling.
  • Skill in oral and written communication of scientific results and experimental plans.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Requires a PhD in physics, chemistry, computer science, materials science and related disciplines


Preferred experience:

  • Design of in situ and operando sample environment

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