Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Advertised Employing Department: Ames Laboratory
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Critical Materials Institute with Iowa State University at the Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy National Laboratory affiliated with Iowa State University, is searching for a qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate.
The postdoc will work with Principal Investigators and Assistant Scientists in the CMI on the synthesis and characterization of metals and alloys related to critical materials research. This work will include developing and performing experiments as well as critically analyzing results and generating reports, presentations and manuscripts for publication. The position requires ability to work in team setting with diverse group of researchers. The research will cover both fundamental and applied critical materials research. Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet set milestones is essential. Possible areas of work include:
Optimizing the chemistry, structure and properties of alloys with increased efficiency in the use of critical materials. Eliminating losses in the performance of magnetic materials subject to harsh environments and/or processing conditions.
Development of novel processing techniques for the synthesis of magnetic materials with engineered geometries and tailored performance.
Synthesis and characterization of metallic alloys. Experience using techniques such as X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy.
The ideal candidate is able to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences.
Required Education and Experience:
Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in Materials Science, Physics or related field.
Experience with synthesis of metals and alloys including arc melting, melt spinning, additive manufacturing, powder processing and/or thin film deposition.
Experience with synthesizing and characterizing permanent and soft magnetic materials
Experience with Rietveld Analysis of XRD data. Advanced SEM and TEM characterization of metals and alloys.
Experience in thermodynamic property measurements of metals and alloys.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.