Cornell University, CLASSE

Position ID:Cornell-CLASSE-STAFFSCIENTIST [#17253]
Position Title: Staff Scientist
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics
Engineering / Biology
Materials Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/10/20, listed until 2021/04/20)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

Staff Scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) provides users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, materials science, cultural heritage, and engineering. CHESS is seeking a staff scientist (Research Associate) to lead the science mission of the <QM>2 beamline, and support the user community performing research in the field of quantum materials.

+ Attract and support an active user community employing x-ray techniques to study materials
+ Foster productive new scientific collaborations at CHESS
+ Creatively contribute to the development of new synchrotron methods and techniques.
+ Communicate research through publications and at national and international conferences.
+ Mentor students and postdoctoral researchers to train the next generation of synchrotron experts

Essential Qualifications
+ Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field and 2 years post-PhD experience + Interest and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research environment
+ Record of impactful scientific publications
+ Ability to work effectively with both technical and scientific staff, as well as students and facility users
+ Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal.

Preference will be given to applicants with a background in materials physics research using large user facilities. Experience analyzing large experimental datasets is also an asset. The initial appointment is for one year and can be renewed based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. We seek individuals who can make a significant long-term contribution to scientific research at CHESS. For further information about the position, please contact Jacob Ruff (
The posting will remain open until the position is filled. Applications received before November 15, 2020 are guaranteed full consideration.

A complete application will include the following material:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. List of Publications
4. Statement of Research Interests, summarizing scientific accomplishments, instrumentation and method contributions, and ideas for future development of synchrotron science, technology, and user communities.
5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

The <QM>2 beamline is dedicated to both resonant and high-energy scattering studies of quantum materials. The beamline is part of the Center for High Energy X-ray Science (CHEXS) at CHESS, which is an NSF-funded multidisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental research enabled by high energy x-rays. Located on the Cornell University campus in New York State, CHESS serves a world-wide user community of materials scientists, structural biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Cornell’s inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
134 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853

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