Postdoctoral Appointee

Argonne National Laboratory

Lemont, IL

Job posting number: #7069400 (Ref:408749)

Posted: September 2, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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

The project aims to predict, design, and understand synthetic pathways that can selectively address and mitigate minority atom arrangements that produce electronic defects.  The appointee will develop and leverage selective interface reactions, an atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based synthesis approach, to deterministically direct vapor-phase surface reactions that are chemically tailored to selectively repair electronically unfavorable sites without compromising the integrity of desirable sites.

This will be interdisciplinary and collaborative work (as part of a characterization/ computation/synthesis) team that includes vapor phase synthesis (atomic layer deposition), surface science, physical and chemical characterization, and assessment of electronic defects at imperfect interfaces. 

  • Must have demonstrated outstanding promise as a research scientist.
  • Strong applicants will exhibit strong basic science understanding, motivation, and an ability to originate, carry out, and publish significant original research.
  • Strong written and verbal skills are required.
  • Previous experience with defect characterization, atomic layer deposition, and in situ and ex situ chemical and physical assessment (AFM, ellipsometry, QCM, electrochemistry) are desirable but not required.
  • A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, or a related field received within the last three years is required. 
  • The candidate is expected to think and work independently and conduct research in a highly interdisciplinary environment of chemist, physicist and materials scientists.

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