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SRF Material Scientist
Job ID #: 12401 Location: Newport News, VA
Functional Area: Science Division: Accelerator Ops, R & D
Position Type: Regular Education Required: Doctorate (Professional)
Experience Required: 5+ years Relocation Provided: Yes




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POSITION POSTED: DECEMBER 29, 2021
SALARY RANGE: $81,600 - $129,00 (SS II)
  
The SRF Institute seeks a SRF Material Scientist to join a dynamic team working on the development of innovative material and surfaces for superconducting RF (SRF) applications. The individual will contribute to development of bulk Nb material for SRF cavities, aiming at a cost-effective material yielding reproducible SRF performance. The individual will contribute to the development of further engineered Nb surfaces and thin-film materials, such as Nb on Cu, Nb3Sn on Nb or multilayers for next generation SRF cavities. The incumbent will also provide material characterization support for a wide range of analytical and developmental activities related to superconducting rf (SRF) materials and testing, using JLab microscopy systems. The incumbent will implement and maintain an automated particulate characterization system to provide feedback to SRF process development work and forensic investigations, in particular for CEBAF performance and maintenance.

Your role will:

Provide material characterization support for a wide range of analytical and developmental activities related to superconducting rf (SRF) materials and testing

Operate SEM/EDS/EBSD system at JLab and other instruments at collaborative institutions to characterize research and forensic materials as a service to multiple programs

Implement and maintain an automated particulate characterization system to provide feedback to SRF process development work and forensic investigations, in particular for CEBAF performance maintenance

Train students and staff in best use of the JLab microscopy and analysis systems

Collaborate on research investigations of materials analyzed elsewhere.

Work with SRF scientists and Nb vendors towards the development of improved material specifications for bulk Nb used in SRF cavities

Work with SRF scientists on the development of engineered surfaces and high-performance thin-films for SRF cavities

Assist SRF Scientists in various material characterization tasks to execute the relevant R&D programs.

Assist PhD and master students in material characterization in the framework of their lab research
Compose, publish and present research work in peer-reviewed journals and at conference

 

 



Qualifications:

1. Education, Certifications and Experience:

Relevant PhD Degree in material science and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

2. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

a) Knowledge of superconducting materials is required
b) Knowledge of thin film technology is a plus
c) Ability to understand ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and clean room practices and carry out routine process operations in an ISO 4 clean room environment for forensics purposes
d) Ability to learn new equipment and processes quickly
e) Ability to follow evolving but strict procedures and instructions in an R&D environment
f) Proficient in various material and surface characterization techniques, including microscopy and electrical measurements
g) Strong attention to detail with high degree of quality and reliability
h) Good communication and interpersonal skills

 



• Ability to comprehend, formulate, and communicate highly abstract concepts
• Ability to express or exchange complex ideas by means of spoken and written communication
• Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and develop models
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, continuously switching between independent projects



• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read drawings and other documents, work with small parts and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
• Ability to enter parameters into PC based control systems
• Manual capability to pick, pinch, or otherwise work with fingers; seize, grasp, hold, turn, use hand tools and other equipment
• Must be able to use/wear required PPE to work in an ISO-4 compatible clean room suit
• Must have the ability to qualify for work in radiation areas and chemical areas
• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas
• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 25 pounds occasionally
• Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders
• Ability to work on a computer for extended periods
• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms
• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment@jlab.org or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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