The Quantum Materials group at the Institute of Molecular Engineering (IME) and Materials Science Division at Argonne National Lab is looking for a postdoctoral candidate to perform research on the growth of quantum materials and localized quantum defects. A successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team working with a group of scientists both at Argonne National Lab (ANL) and the University of Chicago (UChicago) conducting a wide range of basic research on optically active point defects (such as the nitrogen vacancy center in diamond) and novel quantum control methods.
The candidate will primarily be responsible for growing high quality, single-crystal diamond using a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD) tool and developing growth recipes and techniques to localize point defects within the host lattice. These grown materials will be the basis for a number of quantum information and nanoscale quantum sensing experiments. The candidate will also do basic optical measurements characterizing the spin and sensing characteristics of these localized defects. The candidate is expected to mentor graduate students from UChicago on growth and materials related aspects of their projects, as well as continue to seek collaborations with other scientists in MSD, IME@Argonne, and synchrotron X-ray experiments examining the strain/crystal structure of quantum materials at the Advance Photon Source (APS) at ANL.
The candidate is expected to publish results in a refereed journal and make oral presentation at meetings, conferences, symposia, and seminars. They are expected to maintain a knowledge of the latest developments in the field and related groups through interactions and collaborative efforts. The candidate will also participate in maintaining technical reports and other documents associated with the operation of the growth tools, along with reports on experimental progress, technical developments, and new initiatives to peer reviews and program managers.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience :
Minimum Education / Experience Requirements:
- A Ph.D. in materials science or related field.
- Considerable experience in basic research in materials physics including growth synthesis.
- Considerable skill in written and oral communication.
- Good skills in collaboration and ability to work with a team in an interdisciplinary environment.
- Experience with materials characterization techniques including atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry, and X-ray diffraction.
- Direct research experience in quantum material systems used for quantum information and nanoscale sensing is advantageous.
- Experience with nanoscale materials and nanofabrication techniques (nanoparticles, nanopillars, etc.)
- Experience with techniques for strain reduction and surface treatments (annealing, chemical mechanical polishing)
- Experience with optical confocal microscopy and basic spin coherence measurements.
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