Postdoctoral Research Associate in Polymer Spray Instrumentation
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Location: Upton, New York
Internal Number: 2719
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Three strategic nanoscience themes underlie the CFN scientific facilities: The CFN conducts research on nanomaterial synthesis by assembly designing precise architectures with targeted functionality by organizing nanoscale components. The CFN researches and applies platforms for state-of-the-art techniques for Accelerated Nanomaterial Discovery, integrating synthesis, advanced characterization, physical modeling, and computer science to iteratively explore a wide range of material parameters. The CFN develops and utilizes advanced capabilities for studies of Nanomaterials in Operando Conditions for characterizing materials and reactions at the atomic scale in real-world environments.
The CFN is seeking an energetic researcher interested in applying their skills in instrumentation and/or software development to a collaborative, cutting-edge project. The CFN is developing a first-of-its-kind tool that will exploit active spray control, real-time nanostructure characterization, and machine learning to autonomously synthesize functional block copolymer membranes by self-assembly. These self-assembled membranes have potential applications in industrial separations, water purification, and resource recovery. Your research will develop an ultrasonic spray instrument for automated block copolymer film deposition and processing with programmable, on-the-fly composition and flow control. You will combine this instrument with in situ optical spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray scattering characterization to form a platform for feedback-controlled adaptive spray processing. You will leverage this platform to investigate and develop new spray processing methods for polymer film deposition, solvent treatment, and chemical infiltration to control the self-assembled nanostructure. You will play an essential role in a team that aims to integrate this platform with autonomous, machine-learning driven workflows to investigate the intricate physics of nonequilibrium self-assembly by spray processes. You will collaborate extensively with colleagues who are experts in block copolymer self-assembly, instrument design, X-ray scattering characterization, and autonomous experimentation. In this position, you will work under the supervision of CFN scientist Gregory Doerk.
Roles and Responsibilities
As the Postdoctoral Research Associate - Polymer Spray Instrumentation for Adaptive Synthesis, you will have these roles and responsibilities:
You will design, build, and validate a novel ultrasonic sprayer for automated polymer film deposition and processing.
You will integrate multiple hardware modules together to enable programmable spray parameter control and in situ optical thickness measurement.
You will collaborate with colleagues to integrate this instrument with synchrotron X-ray scattering beamlines to enable in situ nanostructure characterization during spray processing.
You will utilize the advanced instrumentation being developed to study fundamental aspects of nonequilibrium block copolymer self-assembly using different modes of spray processing.
You will collaborate with a diverse team of domain experts to implement machine guided autonomous workflows that will help pioneer new methods for directing block copolymer self-assembly.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
You are qualified for this role if:
You have earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or a suitable related discipline;
You have strong skills in the development of customized hardware configurations to solve materials research problems;
You possess the skills necessary to coordinate different pieces of scientific equipment through software programming;
You work effectively in a collaborative team to tackle challenging scientific problems;
You are committed to fostering an environment of safe scientific work practices.
Preferred background and experience:
You are well-matched to this position if:
You have worked with thin film self-assembly methods, especially using block copolymers;
You have deposited thin films by electrospraying, ultrasonic spraying, or other analogous techniques;
You have experience in using synchrotron X-ray scattering to characterize soft and hybrid materials;
You have demonstrated skills in using Python programming to solve challenges in scientific research;
You communicate effectively, both verbally and through technical writing.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.
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Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.