Cornell University, Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education

Position ID:Cornell-CLASSEPhysics-CBBSRFPOSTDOC [#22134]
Position Title: CBB SRF Postdoc
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Materials Science
Physics / Accelerator Physics, Accelerator and Beam Physics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Engineering / Engineering
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/07/20, finished 2023/07/22, listed until 2023/01/20)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Postdoctoral Associate (Center for Bright Beams)

Cornell University 

The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE) has an opening for a postdoctoral research associate within the Center for Bright Beams to work on cutting-edge superconducting materials research. A Ph.D. or an equivalent in physics, material science, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, or chemistry is required. 

Located on campus of a premier Ivy League Research University, CLASSE has a long history of excellence in various aspects of accelerator-related sciences and technology. The Center for Bright Beams (CBB; is an NSF Science and Technology Center, which represents a multi-institutional effort to dramatically improve the quality of accelerator beams. With a multidisciplinary approach, the superconducting materials theme within the Center for Bright Beams offers unique research and career opportunities, and aims at developing methods and materials for next-generation superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities with significantly higher performance levels than the current state-of-the-art ( 

The successful candidate will make core contributions to the SRF activities of CBB, which currently focus on advancing the growth of homogeneous and inhomogeneous thin-film superconductors, on improving the fundamental understanding of related complex material systems, and on advancing the understanding of superconducting response to strong RF fields. The successful candidate will foster collaborations among groups and help define future research directions. The research will be conducted using cutting-edge superconducting RF growth and test infrastructure available at CLASSE, with access to state-of-the-art surface analysis facilities at Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR).

Applicants should have experience in at least one of the following areas (multiple areas will be considered definite assets): surface characterization techniques; thin-film superconductors and superconducting materials growth; electrochemistry; superconductor properties characterization; SRF cavity preparation, testing, and data analysis; fundamental RF superconductivity; general superconducting devices.

The initial Postdoctoral Associate appointment will be for one year, with the expectation for renewal for an additional two years. 

Applications should be submitted at ;and should include a cover letter, a CV, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Applicants must arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation uploaded, as per instructions on the academicjobsonline website. For information about the position, contact Dr. Matthias Liepe at

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Pay Ranges:

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  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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