Cornell University, CLASSE

Position Title: Beamline Scientist / Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Engineering
Materials Science
Salary Range:The salary range for a Research Assistant title is minimum is $45,700 to maximum $91,000. CLASSE hiring range for this title is $75,000 to $85,000.
Appl Deadline:2023/04/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/02/15, listed until 2023/04/05)
Position Description:    

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Position Summary 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates from  underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. 
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is an internationally-recognized research facility that provides high intensity x-ray beams and state-of-the-art instrumentation to scientists and students from university, government and industrial labs around the world. These groups employ CHESS to conduct research in areas ranging from biology, physics, and chemistry to mechanical and structural engineering, advanced manufacturing, environmental science, materials science, and cultural heritage.  

CHESS is seeking a Ph.D. level scientist to work with a dynamic, knowledgeable, and interdisciplinary team to advance the fabrication and performance of next generation materials, especially polymers, polymer composites, and functional materials, making use of synchrotron-based x-ray characterization techniques. The successful candidate will serve as a beamline scientist supporting in-person and remote users of CHESS facilities, especially the AFRL-supported Functional Materials Beamline, and actively contribute to developing next-generation synchrotron light source technology and techniques. 

  • Support an engaged user community, including users from DoD, Industry and Academia, engaged in employing x-ray techniques to characterize materials and materials processes, such as additive manufacturing.  
  • Creatively contribute to the development of new synchrotron methods and techniques, from experimental hardware to data reduction and evaluation. 
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships among DoD and Industry collaborations. 
  • Communicate experimental outcomes to DoD and industry collaborators in the form of written reports and/or presentations.  
  • Maintain record of scholarship and contribute to the scholarly output of the lab through internal research highlights, publications in peer reviewed journals, and presentations at national and international conferences.  
  • Mentor students and postdoctoral researchers in synchrotron and domain-science techniques. 

Essential Qualifications  
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related field and 2 years post-PhD experience. 
  • Interest and aptitude to work in a multidisciplinary research environment. 
  • Record of scientific publications. 
  • Propensity for contributing to an environment that builds personal and organizational effectiveness. 
  • Must be personable, flexible, and proactive demonstrating a positive “can do” attitude, possess excellent organizational and communication techniques, and take pride in their work. 
  • Experience communicating and developing effective working relationships with technical experts, operations staff, and researchers at all levels, including students, postdocs, interns, and facility users.
  • Fluency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal. 

Preference will be given to applicants with a background in materials science or mechanical engineering, particularly geared towards soft matter or composites and involving diffraction, especially using large user facilities. Experience evaluating large experimental datasets is also an asset.  

No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.  

As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell staff are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 primary vaccination or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. 

The initial appointment is for three years and can be renewed based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds. For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Arthur Woll ( or Dr. Louisa Smieska (  


To Apply 

Please apply via Academic Jobs Online:

A complete application will include the following material: 
  • Cover letter 
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • List of Publications 
  • Statement of Research summarizing examples of recent research, and areas of interest for future work, especially involving synchrotron radiation and materials science and/or mechanical engineering, not to exceed three (3) pages.  
  • Statement of contribution to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, not to exceed one (1) page. 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. 
Applications received before April 1, 2023 are guaranteed full consideration. 

Pay Range
 $45,700.00 - $91,000.00

CLASSE hiring range for this title is $75,000 to $85,000.

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be influenced considering the following criteria: 
  • Prior relevant work or industry experience. 
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position. 
  • Academic discipline. 
  • Unique applicable credentials. 
An engaged and diverse community to work and thrive in! Cornell is situated in picturesque Ithaca, New York, the heart of the Finger Lakes. Ithaca is home to two academic institutions, state parks, waterfalls, gorges, and a wide range of art galleries, theaters, eateries, wineries, and breweries. Ithaca has something to suit all ages and interests. Located on the Cornell University campus, CHESS serves a world-wide user community of materials scientists, structural biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. 

Familiarize yourself with Cornell’s COVID-19 workplace guidance as well as the university’s COVID-19 services and information

Employment Assistance:

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • 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.

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:
email address
Wilson Laboratory
161 Synchrotron Drive
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853