[SA_Scat] SANS scientific associate position at the NIST CNR

Stephen King - UKRI STFC stephen.king at stfc.ac.uk
Thu Dec 20 17:11:36 GMT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in Gaithersburg, Maryland is a national user facility that develops and operates state-of-the-art neutron scattering instruments with broad applications in materials research for use by the general scientific community.  Over 2000 scientists from all over the world participate in research performed at the NCNR every year. The Macromolecular and Microstructural Sciences team at the NCNR has responsibility for operating and maintaining four neutron scattering instruments: two world class 30m Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) instruments, a new Very SANS (VSANS) instrument, and a world leading ultra SANS (USANS) instrument. It also partners with the NIST Materials and Measurements Laboratory on the nSoft industrial consortium and its 10m SANS, helping to advance neutron-based measurements for manufacturing of soft materials.

We anticipate hiring a scientific associate whose primary responsibility will be the operation and maintenance of one of the 30m SANS instruments. The successful candidate would be responsible for ensuring that the instrument and associated equipment, including SANS sample environments, is in good working order, setting up the instrument and equipment for experiments, and generally supporting the SANS scientists/local contacts and their users, including performing measurements and analysis as appropriate.  Other tasks include leading or participating in instrument improvement and development projects, including software projects, developing and writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other safety documentation, helping with the other SANS and USANS machines as needed, maintaining equipment records and statistics, and aiding in the preparation of reports as appropriate.

A degree in the physical sciences, engineering or an associated field will be required as will  strong organizational and communication skills. Ideal candidates will have experience working in fast-paced, team environments. Specialized skills, including a background in rheology, earth sciences or magnetic materials, programming in C and Python, and/or experience with engineering design in CAD or electrical circuits will be highly desirable but not required.  Experience with scattering, particularly X-ray and/or neutrons would also be a plus. Interested individuals should send a statement of interest and CV to Paul Butler at butler at nist.gov<mailto:butler at nist.gov>.

Please share with anyone who might be interested.


Paul Butler

Affiliated Professor

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

Leader, Macromolecuar and Microstructural Sciences Team

NIST Center for Neutron Research

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