Research Associate - Materials Sciences

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory   •  

Menlo Park, CA

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

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Not Specified years

Posted 46 days ago

Description

The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, seeks a Research Associate with a background in X-ray or neutron tomography or research work in related field to join the Hard X-rays Unit within our Materials Sciences Division.

In this position, you will work within a rich scientific environment at SLAC and Stanford University. You will have the opportunities to cross-train in electrochemistry, fluid flow characterization, and geochemistry. You will also have the opportunity to publish lead-author manuscripts and to build a career in energy storage technologies or to build toward a future teaching career. A portion of this project is funded by the Stanford-lead Energy Frontier Research Center (CMC-UF). The work will be part of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR).

Your specific responsibilities include:

  • Leverage existing X-ray microscopes for studying energy storage systems and upgrading the micro-tomography capabilities at SSRL.
  • Conduct research work in the areas of operando and in situ X-ray tomography of energy storage systems with a focus on understanding the evolution of solid-solid and solid-liquid interfaces in multivalent systems.
  • Support scientific program to understand chemical-mechanical-transport processes in shales and other important source rock types through SSRL-based micro-tomography at SSRL.

Note: The Research Associate role is a fixed term staff position. This is a 2-year fixed term position with the possibility of extension. Assignment duration is contingent upon project needs and funding.

Applicants must provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting theposition. Applicants should also include a cover letter, a statement of research area including brief summary of accomplishments, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of three references for future letters of recommendation with the application.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • PhD in physics, materials sciences, chemistry, geochemistry/geomechanics, or related field and course work or demonstrated research experience in X-ray sciences or neutron tomography.
  • Demonstrated research experience as evidenced by a publication record.
  • Willingness to learn any knowledge/experience gaps.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communications skills and ability to work/communicate effectively with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Other X-ray or neutron experience may be considered.

Candidates will provide evidence of either a recently completed PhD degree in the area of physics, materials sciences, chemistry, geochemistry/geomechanics, or related field, or confirmation of completion of the PhD degree requirements prior to starting the position.

SLAC employee competencies:

  • Effective Decisions: Uses job knowledge and solid judgment to make quality decisions in a timely manner.
  • Self-Development: Pursues a variety of venues and opportunities to continue learning and developing.
  • Dependability: Can be counted on to deliver results with a sense of personal responsibility for expected outcomes.
  • Initiative: Pursues work and interactions proactively with optimism, positive energy, and motivation to move things forward.
  • Adaptability: Flexes as needed when change occurs, maintains an open outlook while adjusting and accommodating changes.
  • Communication: Ensures effective information flow to various audiences and creates and delivers clear, appropriate written, spoken, presented messages.
  • Relationships: Builds relationships to foster trust, collaboration, and a positive climate to achieve common goals.

Physical requirements and Working conditions :

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Work standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for environment, safety and security; communicates related concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Meets the applicable roles and responsibilities as described in the ESH Manual, Chapter 1—General Policy and Responsibilities:
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. SLAC is an E-Verify employer.