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Lead Beamline Scientist X-ray Scattering

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Refine and evolve the mission and technical scope of the SMI beamline by interacting effectively with the scientific user community and with the Complex Scattering Program and NSLS-II colleagues;
  • Grow the SMI beamline’s scientific program in line with the NSLS-II strategic plan and support the facility mission with a focus on advanced x-ray scattering;
  • Lead the safe operation of the SMI beamline and provide oversight of staff and users working at the beamline;
  • Supervise a team of beamline scientists assigned to the SMI beamline;
  • Propose and manage the SMI operating budget, beam time allocation and schedule;
  • Oversee the design, implementation, maintenance and upgrade of the beamline equipment, and guide the beamline’s progress with advanced data management and analysis;
  • Collaborate with NSLS-II staff, BNL scientists, and/or external researchers to develop an independent scientific or technical research and development program that leverages or enhances the unique capabilities of the SMI beamline;
  • Coordinate the SMI user program with those of other NSLS-II beamlines within and outside the Complex Scattering Program that offer complementary techniques or capabilities.

Position Requirements
  • PhD. in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related field
  • At least eight (8) years of post-PhD. experience with materials characterization based on synchrotron x-ray or neutron scattering
  • Knowledge of x-ray scattering fundamentals and demonstrated experience with the collection and analysis of scattering data
  • Strong publication record in x-ray and/or neutron scattering-based research
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to interact effectively in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and users

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Prior experience with the design, installation, commissioning and/or operation of a synchrotron beamline
  • Demonstrated experience with grazing-incidence scattering (GISAXS/GIWAXS), x-ray reflectivity, liquid-interface scattering, and/or resonant scattering
  • Demonstrated experience with time-resolved or spatially resolved studies of materials
  • Working knowledge of x-ray optics, x-ray detectors, and/or beamline control systems (e.g., EPICS)
  • Programming skills for data reduction and analysis in Python
  • Demonstrated success supervising or leading scientific or technical groups or projects