[SA_scat] Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structure and Dynamics of Fluids at Nanoscale Interfaces

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Thu Aug 4 14:00:01 BST 2011

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Structure and Dynamics of Fluids at Nanoscale Interfaces

The Ohio State University
School of Earth Sciences

Project Description:
The Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory - SEMCAL (Dr. David Cole, co-director; hxxp://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/faculty_bios.php?id=171 ), in the School of Earth Sciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in neutron scattering for a 2 year appointment with the possibility of extension to interrogate the interaction of fluids with mineral  substrates (as planar surfaces or nanoporous media). This position will be part of OSU's Sloan Foundation funded Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) project targeting "Reduced Carbon in Earth's Crust and Mantle".  Studies will focus on fundamental and applied aspects of the interaction of C-O-H fluids (aqueous;  non-aqueous) with solids (natural; engineered) across a wide range of length and time scales with the goal to reach a predictive level of understanding of fluid-mediated processes in complex earth and technological systems. Researchers will be able to take advantage of the collaborative interaction established between OSU and neutron scattering researchers in the Geochemistry and Interfacial Sciences Group of the Chemistry Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Emphasis is placed on static and dynamic neutron scattering from ambient conditions to elevated temperatures and pressures to understand the nano-scale properties of free and confined fluid-solid interfaces.

Candidate must have a  Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Sciences, Geochemistry or closely related field. The candidate must have demonstrated experimental skills and experience in one or preferably several neutron scattering techniques (SANS, NR, QENS, NSE, diffraction). Programming skills are desirable.   The candidate should be able to work independently and participate creatively in refining project directions. The candidate must have good oral and written communication skills, and be able to interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues. Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than six years prior to the date of application appointment or must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment.

Applicants should send a CV, description of current research activities and interests, and contact information for at least two references to: Prof. David R. Cole, School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 432210-1398 (cole.618 at osu.edu<mailto:cole.618 at osu.edu>). A formal job posting will soon appear in the HR section of the Ohio State University web site. For more information about the School of Earth Sciences, visit our web site at hxxp://www.geology.ohio-state.edu/ .

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