Postdoctoral Position in Physics

Argonne National Laboratory

United States

We invite applications for a postdoctoral position in the Functional Coatings Group in the Applied Materials Division at Argonne National Laboratory to conduct advanced research in thin film coatings. The primary goal of this work is aimed at advancing next-generation detectors for applications including high energy physics, medical imaging, astronomy, and homeland security. The focus is to develop atomic layer deposition (ALD) and atomic layer etching (ALE) methods to tailor the surface properties of microchannel plate (MCP) electron multipliers that act as image-preserving amplifiers in ultrafast detectors. Advanced materials design and characterization will be pursued through various strategies. The candidate is expected to have knowledge of ALD process development and equipment. An understanding of bulk and thin film materials characterization techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and electrical characterization is required. The successful candidate is also expected to aid in the design, analysis, and interpretation of experiments as well as present findings to the community through publications and presentations. The knowledge gained in the course of this work will directly contribute to achieving DOE goals of high-performance photodetectors. Position Requirements Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, or materials science with 0 to 2 years of experience, or the equivalent experience through practical application in a laboratory. Knowledge of and experience with atomic layer deposition methods and equipment. Knowledge of and experience with thin film characterization. Knowledge of and experience with electronic measurements of thin films and semiconductor materials highly desirable. Skill working interactively and productively in a multidisciplinary environment. Skill in oral and written communication. Record of publication and external recognition in these areas. Ability to work independently on a day-to-day basis. Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication. Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork. Job Family Postdoctoral Family Job Profile Postdoctoral Appointee Worker Type Long-Term (Fixed Term) Time Type Full time As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department. All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis. Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements. Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment. Interested in translating science into innovation? Build your career at Argonne. At Argonne, we view the world from a different perspective. Our scientists and engineers conduct world-class research in clean energy, the environment, technology, national security and more. We’re finding creative ways to prepare the world for a better future. To learn more about Argonne's benefits programs, amenities, and other employee programs, visit our main Careers site. To learn more about the exciting science going on at Argonne, visit our Science and Technology page. To request a reasonable accommodation or for other application support, contact us anytime at or 630-252-2336.

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