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The Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) is an international centre for scientific research situated in Grenoble, France. It is Europe’s leading neutron science facility. We receive over 2000 visiting scientists per year to carry out world-class research in a wide variety of scientific fields. The Science Division currently has a vacancy for a Research Scientist in Neutron Reflectometry
The Large-Scale-Structures group comprises a range of instruments designed to carry out studies on the structure of matter on a scale of one to hundreds of nanometers. The range of science covered is broad, from polymer and colloid science through structural biology to materials science. Working within the LSS Group in the field of Neutron Reflectometry while carrying out your own active research programme on soft matter or biophysical systems at interfaces, you will be in charge of:
D17 is a state-of-the-art high flux, monochromatic and time-of-flight neutron reflectometer with a horizontal scattering plane. It is optimized for the study of vertical surfaces and buried interfaces (e.g. solid/liquid, solid/solid) over a wide range of length scales. Main research activities include the study of soft matter, materials, biological and magnetic systems thanks to the polarized neutron option.
Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered for you and your spouse (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).
Qualifications and experience
Ph.D. in physics, biophysics or physical chemistry and experience in neutron or x-ray reflectometry. We are particularly interested in highly motivated candidates with experience of research in soft matter and/or biological systems at solid/liquid interfaces who wish to carry out a personal research programme and contribute to the scientific environment at the ILL. Good programming skills and a general interest in software development would be an asset.
The post represents an excellent opportunity for postdoctoral scientists to develop expertise, broaden experience and interact with leading scientists from around the world. Applications from more experienced scientists able to obtain a secondment period from their home institution will also be considered.
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French. Knowledge of German would be an advantage. Language courses will be paid for by the ILL.
Please submit your application with a list of publications and the name of 3 references (including one from your present work place) on-line via our web site: www.ill.eu/careers. Closing date for submissions is 28/02/2018. The interviews will take place in March 2018.
China / Israel
Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) is seeking candidates for a PhD position available in the area of Time Response to Materials Stimulus. The Material Science and Engineering Program, within the group of Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and competent scientists to conduct experimental research projects in the advance of understanding time-resolved structural response of materials to external stimulation, investigated by modern diffraction or spectroscopic techniques of synchrotron and neutron radiation, and complementary studies. Contract duration: 3 + 1 years.
PhD Project Details
Quantum beam sources, comprising synchrotron and neutron radiation have tremendously evolved n their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense and will be applied to the understanding of time-resolved response when a material is excited by external stimulus, such as high-frequency oscillations, switching electro-magnetic fields, thermal shock or other pump-probe technique. Scientific leading output on the materials is envisaged encompassing emerging and novel time-resolved techniques. Complementarity of different quantum beams and methods shall be exploited in order to achieve comprehensive scientific results. From a literature review and technical feasibility in-house and at large-user facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources), the candidate selects adequate materials research problems and experimental setups. Complementary time averaged quantum beam scattering studies enhance the capabilities necessary for the materials characterization and in-depth evaluation of diffraction data. Time responses can lie in the sub-millisecond to sub-nanosecond domain. There exists a wide span of materials problems, such as high-cycle fatigue in ultrasonic fields, multi-ferroic relaxation, ultrafast temperature changes, electro-magnetic switching, laser pulse impact etc. Materials can be both structural and functional materials.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Liss
Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) has up to two PhD positions available in the area Modern Diffraction Methods for the Investigation of Thermo-Mechanical Processes (ThermoMech.Pro). The Material Science and Engineering Program, within the group of Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and competent scientists to conduct experimental research projects in the advance of understanding metallic and related materials upon thermal, mechanical and thermo-mechanical processing, investigated by modern techniques of synchrotron and neutron radiation, and complementary studies. Contract duration: 3 + 1 years.
PhD Project Details
Quantum beam sources, comprising synchrotron and neutron radiation have tremendously evolved in their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense and will be applied to the understanding of the thermal and deformation behavior of metals and related materials, especially under in-situ conditions. The applications range from the fundamental understanding of physics of their structural evolution to applications in materials and processing design. Items of fundamental interest are the occurrence, kinetics, correlations and mechanism of structural transformations such as phase transformations, deformation systems, grain growth and refinement, recrystallization, recovery, all static and dynamic. Applications settle in the design and life span of intermetallics, steels, light metals in ideal form and composites. Excellence will be established in advanced and novel data analysis and extraction of results. We work in a collaborative international environment.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Liss
Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) has up to two Research Fellow positions (post-doctoral level) available in the project areas (i) Modern Diffraction Methods for the Investigation of Thermo-Mechanical Processes (ThermoMech.Pro) and (ii) Time Response to Materials Stimulus. The Material Science and Engineering Program, within the Center for Materials and Quantum Beam Science and the group of Prof Klaus-Dieter Liss, is looking for enthusiastic, motivated and competent scientists to conduct experimental research projects in the advance of understanding (i) metallic and related materials upon thermal, mechanical and thermo-mechanical processing and (ii) time-resolved structural response of materials to external stimulation, investigated by modern techniques of synchrotron and neutron radiation, and complementary studies. Candidates will pursue their own research within the field and also work in a team of students and researchers. Contract duration: 3 years.
Note: Priority of the filling of the positions is project (i) first, and second (i) or (ii) subject to the quality of the candidates, with preference to (ii) if (i) has been filled.
Quantum beam sources, comprising synchrotron and neutron radiation have tremendously evolved in their capabilities to study materials in a wide sense under in-situ conditions and time-resolved. Research within the Liss Group of the Center for Materials and Quantum Beam Science focuses along the two lines (i) the investigation of thermo mechanical response, mainly on metals, and (ii) fast time-resolved processes studied by diffraction and spectroscopic methods. Excellence in the characterization and analysis method shall be applied to advance findings at the forefront of research in materials. The two program lines are not exclusive.
(i) Thermo-Mechanical Processing: Quantum beams will be applied to the understanding of the thermal and deformation behavior of metals and related materials, especially under in-situ conditions. In particular, the concept of the Materials Oscilloscope shall be used and further developed, complemented by other quantum beam methods. The applications range from the fundamental understanding of physics of he material’s structural evolution to applications in materials and processing design. Items of fundamental interest are the occurrence, kinetics, correlations and mechanism of structural transformations such as phase transformations, deformation systems, grain growth and refinement, recrystallization, recovery, all static and dynamic. Applications settle in the design and life span of intermetallics, steels, light metals in ideal form and composites.
(ii) Time Response to Materials Stimulus: Temporal response shall be investigated when a material is excited by external stimulus, such as high-frequency oscillations, switching electro-magnetic fields, thermal shock or other pump-probe technique. Scientific leading output on the materials is envisaged encompassing emerging and novel time-resolved techniques. Complementarity of different quantum beams and methods shall be exploited in order to achieve comprehensive scientific results. From a literature review and technical feasibility in-house and at large-user facilities (synchrotrons, neutron sources), the candidate selects adequate materials research problems and experimental setups. Complementary time averaged quantum beam scattering studies enhance the capabilities necessary for the materials characterization and in-depth evaluation of diffraction data. Time responses can lie in the sub-millisecond to sub-nanosecond domain. There exists a wide span of materials problems, such as high-cycle fatigue in ultrasonic fields, multi-ferroic relaxation, ultrafast temperature changes, electro-magnetic switching, laser pulse impact etc. Materials can be both structural and functional materials.
Considerable overlap and synergies between the two project directions exist and it is sought that the groups work as a team in theoretical approach, conduction of experiments and data analysis. A few sub projects are being established to which the candidate may contribute.
Prof. Klaus-Dieter Liss
Grenoble, France; Stanford University, USA; Hamburg, Germany; University of Canterbury, New Zealand
You will participate in an international project that connects the ILL (France), Hamburg/DESY (Germany), New York University (USA), and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). The project is funded by a prestigious grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to Keele University (UK) and will link to the one of the most important European facility developments in a generation – the creation of an X-ray laser source (XFEL, Hamburg). HFSP grants are awarded to teams having strong complementary expertise and who propose highly innovative research. This intercontinental collaboration links established neutron and X-ray approaches for the study of biological systems with those now emerging at X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL) facilities and addresses the challenge of imaging single fibrous biological macromolecules.
You will be located within ILL’s Life Sciences Group and play a crucial role in the preparation of samples as well as carrying out experiments at the ILL and ESRF in Grenoble, the LCLS FEL source at Stanford University (USA), and the new XFEL facility in Hamburg. Your main tasks will be to:
Post-Doctoral contract of 18 months, renewable for a further 6 to 18-month period.
Only candidates holding a PhD obtained less than 2 years ago are eligible for post-doctoral positions.
Further information can be obtained contacting Prof. Trevor Forsyth at the ILL or at Keele University (please do not send your application to his address).
Generous company benefits (expatriation allowance), relocation assistance and language courses may be offered (for more information, please consult our employment conditions).
Qualifications and experience
You should have an appropriate undergraduate background (eg physical or life sciences) and a PhD in a relevant area. You are competent in molecular biology and biochemistry techniques as well as in sample preparation. You are also familiar with data collection (eg crystallography, SAXS/SANS) methods and have a good general grasp of biophysical techniques.
As an international research centre, we are particularly keen to ensure that we also attract applicants from outside France. You must have a sound knowledge of English and be willing to learn French (a language course will be paid for by the ILL). Knowledge of German would be an advantage.
Please submit your application online with a CV, list of publications, and the names of 3 references, including one from your present work place, no later than 04.03.2018, via the online application (Vacancy reference: 17/PostDoc11).
The interviews will take place from mid-March 2018 on.
Columbia, Missouri, USA
The University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate position for up to 2 years. MURR is the largest neutron source (10 MW) on a U.S. campus and is well-suited for neutron scattering research. It currently operates 4 instruments: a triple-axis spectrometer, a reflectometer, and two powder diffractometers.
The successful candidate is expected to enhance the existing neutron scattering program by participating in existing neutron scattering research projects and being involved in upkeep and maintenance of the existing suite of instruments. He/she is encouraged to initiate an active research program of his/her own in Condensed Matter Physics/Materials Science primarily utilizing MURR’s instruments.
We can offer
The position is initially for one year and renewable for an additional year, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Salary and benefits will be competitive, commensurate with skills and credentials, including pension, life insurance, and accident insurance.
Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. A strong background in neutron scattering is required, preferably with expertise in neutron reflectometry – research and instrumentation. The evaluation of candidates will be based upon the strength of the candidate’s scientific profile, publication record, and future research potential. The ability to work in a team environment is a must. Effective communication skills, including fluency in English, are essential.
Dr. Helmut Kaiser
Please send a CV with list of publications and professional activities, a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and the names and e-mail addresses of 3 references to Dr. Helmut Kaiser, firstname.lastname@example.org will be accepted until the position is filled with a successful candidate.
The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty & staff.
Garching near Munich, Germany
In a joint initiative of the Physics and Medical Faculties of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) as well as the Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Research Training Group / Graduiertenkolleg GRK 2274 “Advanced Medical Physics for Image-Guided Cancer Therapy” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is operational since October 1st, 2017 (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Katia Parodi, Vice Speaker: Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer).
In this context, the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II, Prof. Dr. Winfried Petry) and the Department of Radiation Oncology (Prof. Dr. Stephanie Combs) at the Klinikum rechts der Isar (MRI, university hospital of the Technical University of Munich) are looking for a common PhD candidate in medical physics (m/f)
for the GRK project C3 “Advancing therapy planning for neutron therapy at MEDAPP”.
The neutron therapy facility MEDAPP is a worldwide unique tool for irradiation of tumours with fission neutrons. Due to the special application, neither an established treatment planning system, nor a solution of other neutron therapy facilities can be used for treatment planning.
Using existing preliminary works, the concept should be further developed towards a real, initially retrospective application. It includes verification of the beam parameters, comparison and implementation of suitable models to derive the tissue composition from CT/MR data sets, and selection as well as validation of an appropriate code for dose calculation. An intuitive user interface and the provision of commonly used evaluation tools conclude the project. With this implementation, a considerably improved evaluation of the patient-specific dose distribution is possible, especially concerning the impact on healthy tissue and organs at risk.
Admission to the program will include an original qualification concept featuring a set of compulsory and eligible training activities, to ensure not only academic excellence and scientific independence but also the development of fundamental personal effectiveness. The salary will be 75% TV-L E13 for a duration of typically 36 months. More information can be found on www.grk2274.de.
The working place will be mainly at the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) at the Forschungszentrum Garching, which is well connected with public transportation to the collaborating university clinic (MRI) and the city of Munich.
The project is a multidisciplinary task, including measurements, algorithm development, theoretical considerations and code development. Therefore, you hold a highly ranked MSc in Physics, Engineering or Informatics, preferably with Medical Physics background, have proven experience in coding (preferably in C++/C#) and application development, bring technical proficiency, scientific creativity and team working skills and have fluent English knowledge (spoken and written).
Any of the following is considered as a benefit
Good understanding of nuclear processes relevant to neutron and photon transport as well as their interaction in matter for medical applications, experience in (medical) applications of treatment planning, data processing and radiation physics, know-how in medical data formats (DICOM), GUI development – may be even in 3D, experience with Monte Carlo transport and interaction codes, preferably MCNP or Geant4.
Prof. Dr. Jan Wilkens
Disabled candidates are preferentially considered in the case of equal qualification. Applications from women are encouraged.
To apply for the position, please send your electronic application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, last school certificate, and university degree including grades, publication list, other qualification certificates like TOEFL, and up to two recommendation letters including contact information of your references) via the online submission system at http://portal.graduatecenter-lmu.de/ocgc/grk2274.
Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Laboratory for Quantum Magnetism at EPFL and Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging at PSI are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neutron Spectroscopy
The chosen candidate will be responsible for completion and scientific exploitation of the novel neutron spectrometer CAMEA. This spectrometer built in collaboration between LQM at EPFL and PSI is scheduled to receive first neutrons ultimo 2018 and to be fully commissioned in 2020 after the complete upgrade of neutron guides at the SINQ continuous spallation source in 2019.
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausannne (EPFL), with its main campus located in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the shores of lake Geneva is a dynamically growing and well-funded institution fostering excellence and diversity. It has a highly international campus with first-class infrastructure, including in particular facilities for material growth and characterization and in particular extensive and leading facilities for nano-fabrication (CMi). As a technical university covering essentially the entire palette of engineering and science, EPFL offers a fertile environment for research cooperation between different disciplines. The EPFL environment is multi-lingual and multi-cultural, with English often serving as a common interface.
The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. We perform cutting-edge research in the fields of matter and materials, energy and environment and human health. By performing fundamental and applied research, we work on sustainable solutions for major challenges facing society, science and economy. PSI is committed to the training of future generations. Therefore about one quarter of our staff are post-docs, post-graduates or apprentices. Altogether PSI employs 2100 people.
Designed for massively parallel neutron detection, the CAMEA spectrometer will enable new types of experiments, in particular under high magnetic fields and large pressures, e.g. for studies of quantum magnetism and unconventional superconductors.
The main tasks will include
Place of work will be at PSI, with regular collaborative visits to LQM at EPFL. The candidate will thus benefit from both the state of the art experimental facilities at PSI and contact to the academic environment at EPFL. Initial employment is for two years with possibility of extension.
Our institutions are based on interdisciplinary, innovative and dynamic collaboration. You will profit from a systematic training on the job, in addition to personal development possibilities and our pronounced vocational training culture. If you wish to optimally combine work and family life or other personal interests, we are able to support you with our modern employment conditions and the on-site infrastructure.
Prof. Henrik M. Ronnow
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On behalf of the State of Bavaria, the Technische Universität München operates the high flux Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) located at the leading scientific campus in Garching, Germany. The neutron source itself, its research instruments as well as the irradiation facilities provide unique possibilities for the scientific and industrial use of neutron beams.
For the development and operation of the Resonance Spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA we invite applications (full time position 40.1 h/week) as Instrument scientist
You play a leading role in the development of methods in the area high resolution spectroscopy and are responsible for the operation of the Resonance Spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA at the FRM II. You collaborate closely with scientists and engineers from different groups and research areas. In addition you are engaged in your own research topics in collaboration with external scientists from Germany and abroad.
You have a degree in physics, material science or related fields. Ideally you have knowledge and experience in the application of scattering techniques or spectroscopy. You have proven organisational competencies. Persuasive communication skills and ability to team work in an international environment are mandatory. Good oral and written English skills are required, German language skills are an asset.
Dr. Christian Franz
Technische Universität München
Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)
The appointment is initially limited to three years, a prolongation is possible. The payment is based on the German pay scale TV-L. The Technische Universität München is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore women are especially encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants having an equivalent experience will be preferred.
Further information is given by Dr. Christian Franz (phone +49 89 289 14760, e-mail Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Applications will be reviewed after January 12th, 2018 and are accepted until the position is filled.
Applicants should send a letter of interest describing relevant experience including detailed curriculum vitae by regular or electronic mail (merged to a pdf file) to:
Technische Universität München
Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II)
Columbia, Missouri, United States
The University of Missouri is pleased to announce an international search for the Executive Director of the MU Research Reactor Center, MURR®.
MURR® is a multidisciplinary center with the three-fold mission of promoting research in the sciences and engineering, providing educational and training opportunities for students, and providing irradiation and isotope production services.
As the highest-powered research reactor on a US campus, MURR® is a 10 MW light water moderated reactor that operates 24 hours per day, 6 1/2 days per week, 52 weeks per year. The MURR® Center operates with ~200 research, professional, and technical staff and self-generates 90% of its annual budget. The scientific programs at the MURR® Center span a broad spectrum of research disciplines and techniques that include archaeometry, neutron activation analysis, neutron scattering, epidemiology and immunology, diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, material sciences, and nuclear engineering. These scientific programs are carried out by research scientists at MURR® and those from around the globe. The irradiation and isotope production services include the weekly processing and shipping of a variety of radioisotopes and radiochemicals ranging from Food and Drug Administration approved radiopharmaceuticals to radioisotopes for industry and emerging technologies.
The selected individual will devise and implement the tactics necessary to realize the University’s vision for this unique national resource: continued safe and reliable operation to provide quality nuclear services and products to both the research and global community. The selected individual will also be responsible for engaging academic departments on campus and clearly advocating the reactor’s role in the University mission of education and research excellence.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall operation of MURR® Center including Reactor Operations, Health Physics, Quality Assurance/Quality Control, Product and Service Operations, Business Development, Fiscal and Administrative Services, as well as continued support of the research and scientific programs.
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership in managing a diverse staff in a heavily regulated environment. The Executive Director is responsible for the physical security and emergency planning for the facility, both of which are governed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)-approved plans, and must be familiar with the federal regulations that govern access to and control of a nuclear facility. The successful candidate must fully accept and endorse a nuclear safety culture as mandated by the U.S. NRC. This position is responsible for interacting with the NRC including interactions pertaining to reactor licensing items and coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies as necessary.
The Executive Director will oversee business aspects and set strategic direction for MURR’s interface with industry for product development and income-generating products and services with a comprehensive knowledge of business functions such as marketing, PR, and finance and have an entrepreneurial mindset.
Candidates must complete the University of Missouri’s on-line application at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/index.php ? Staff Positions ? Prospective Employees ? enter 24732 in the Search Jobs panel.
Application material should include letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information of 3 references.
MURR’s Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research. An evaluation of applications will begin December 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
The Radio-Frequency (RF) Systems Manager will serve as the Level 2 manager for the Proton Power Upgrade (PPU) Project within the Neutron Sciences Directorate. Additionally, this matrixed position will have operational responsibilities within the Electrical and RF Systems Group.
Work Directions and Interfaces
Provides work direction to PPU Level 3 managers, technical staff and subcontractors within guidelines established by the PPU Project Director and the Electrical and RF Systems Group Leader
Measures of Effectiveness
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.
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