Postdoctoral Appointee - Advanced Multi-scale X-ray Microscopy

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7063034 (Ref:407534)

Posted: January 13, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The X-ray Science Division (XSD) of Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory is looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher who will be responsible for developing novel apparatus and methods to enable multi-scale and multi-modality analysis of materials via both electron microscopy and X-ray microscopy at the synchrotron facility. The research aims to deliver a cryo-compatible workflow and supporting techniques to optimize sample preparation for X-ray fluorescence nanoprobe as well as the combined use of multiple analytical platforms. It will also involve software development for image registration across different analytical platforms and correlative data analysis. The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary team environment including physicists, chemists, biologists and computer scientist. The candidate will lead the effort in developing the methodology, the deployment at the APS beamlines, as well as applications to materials, biological and environmental sciences.  Results will be reported in appropriate forms: publications in refereed journals and oral presentations at meetings, conferences, and seminars. The position will begin in April 2020. It is a one-year position, and renewable for a second year.

  • Ph.D. degree in physics, materials science, engineering, or a related discipline;
  • Comprehensive knowledge in at least two of the following fields: X-ray physics, X-ray microscopy, electron microscopy, image processing;
  • Considerable experience with electron microscopy, focused ion beam, synchrotron facility, preferably cryogenic instruments;
  • Strong data analysis and trouble-shooting skills;
  • Considerable experience with programming and software tools such as python and git;
  • Experience with automation, control, and instrument infrastructure is a plus;
  • Knowledge of biology, chemistry is a plus;
  • Experience with cryogenic is a plus;
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully as part of a team in a collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external collaborators and ability to work in a team environment.

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