Postdoctoral Research Associate - 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.
This position will perform integrated research activities and provide advanced scientific and technical support for existing and forthcoming multiple projects initially and primarily focus on discovering and characterizing permanent magnetic materials with free or reduced rare earth content or modified microstructure. Major duties and responsibilities include: development and implementation of innovative techniques for growth and discovery of rare earth-free or reduced, or structure-modified magnetic materials; carry out experimental investigations of phase, microstructure, thermal stability, magnetic and mechanical properties of magnetic compounds; establish the relevance of the effects of composition, phase, microstructure, and processing on magnetic and mechanical properties; interact with scientists from laboratories, universities, and industries in order to exchange knowledge and to perform joint research efforts; and present investigated results at technical society meetings and publish scientific papers in peer review publications.
This position requires the incumbent to plan, initiate, and execute research activities in collaboration with multiple PIs, meet the requirements and milestones of projects on time. The ability to interact with experienced experimental and theoretical scientists and work within the group is important to success in the position.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. must be completed prior to start date.
Ph.D. in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or related field.
Demonstrated research experience in various aspects of preparation and characterization of inter-metallic compounds and related magnetic materials.
Experience with reparation of alloy samples, mainly including arc/induction-melting, melt-spinning, powder metallurgy, glass work, heat treatment, vacuum sintering, hot pressing, chemical or physical coating (e.g., CVD, magnetron sputtering, E-beam / thermal evaporation, or electrodeposition).
Experience with materials characterization methods, mainly including X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), SQUID magnetometer, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDS), metallography, mechanical test (hardness tensile, compression, and impact).
Experience with software, including XRD Gsas/FullProf rietveld, Origin, LabView, and other data analysis and collection software.
Department/Program & College Description:
Proposed Start Date:
August 5, 2020
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
September 30, 2021
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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Original Posting Date:
July 6, 2020
Posting Close Time:
This posting will close at 12:00 AM CST on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 PM CST the day prior.
Posting Close Date:
August 5, 2020
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