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Position Title: FMB Research Associate
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Physics
Materials Science
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/11/29, listed until 2024/03/26)
Position Description:    

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Job Title: Functional Materials Beamline Staff Scientist at CHESS

Position Summary

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.

The Materials Solutions Network at CHESS (MSN-C) seeks a Ph.D. scientist in the field of polymer composites, materials science or mechanical engineering to join our mission-driven team. The position is associated with the Functional Materials Beamline (FMB) at MSN-C, one of several beamlines built in 2019. FMB is one of two beamlines comprising MSN-C, an Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored facility to support critical research and manufacturing needs within DoD and industry. A central goal of FMB is to support advances in the processing and performance of next-generation materials, ranging from structural polymer composites to functional thin films. In collaboration with MSN-C and AFRL scientific and technical staff, the successful candidate will support this goal by leveraging the x-ray characterization capabilities of FMB, including microbeam SAXS/WAXS mapping, GISAXS/WAXS, real-space imaging, and advanced computational and analysis methods. For more information on FMB please see our recent publication


-      Support an active 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 analysis.

-      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 individual 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 at least 2 years post-PhD experience.

-      Demonstrated experience with data acquisition and analysis of x-ray or neutron scattering and/or x-ray tomographic methods.

-      Interest and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research environment.

-      Record of scientific publications.

-      Passion for contributing to an environment that builds individual and organizational effectiveness.

-      Ability to communicate effectively with technical experts, operations staff, and researchers at all levels, including students, postdocs, interns, and facility users.

-      Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal.

Preferred Qualifications: 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 analyzing large experimental datasets is also an asset.

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 Arthur Woll ( or Louisa Smieska ( The posting will remain open until the position is filled. 

Compensation:  The Salary Range for this position is $80,000 to $110,000.

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.

-      Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Additional Information:

-      This position will likely require access to export controlled technology.

-      Due to the nature of this project and funding source, visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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.

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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:
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Further Info:
email address
134 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca NY 14853