Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Nanoscale Science & Technology
University of Maryland (UMD) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position in nanoscale science& technologies is immediately available under the Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (https://www.nist.gov/pml) in Gaithersburg MD and the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park MD (https://umd.edu/).
The successful candidate will be a UMD employee joining the NIST’s multidisciplinary team and conducting full-time research on NIST-Gaithersburg campus towards the development of a novel neutron interferometric measurements for quantum applications. In particular, the candidate will help to develop and nanofabricate a novel class of micro- and nanograting-based quantum devices and structures that will be a foundation for the next-generation neutron interferometers. The new devices will use spatially correlated spins, phase, linear and angular momentum of neutrons for high precision measurements of fundamental forces and materials structure. Three thrusts of enabling quantum applications will be pursued:
1: A vastly different technique of ultra-precise measurement of universal gravitational constant (the big “G”). The new measurement may not only shed the light on our understanding of gravity, but may assist searches for axion-like dark matter, as well as forces that lie outside our current knowledge of the universe.
2: Develop techniques for the generation and control of entangled neutron states. These methods will resolve quantum correlations in microscopically entangled matter by providing new ways to probe the local domain structure and the spin-coherence of topological materials at correlation lengths < 1 micron.
3: Innovative neutron interferometric phase imaging that will enable unprecedented 3D mapping of nanoscale structure of almost any heterogeneous materials. This will allow to see nanoscale details in complex systems such as lithium batteries, 3D printed materials, tissue scaffolding, blood clots, ageing concrete, multiphase flow in colloidal and geological systems.
The successful candidate will conduct research at NIST-Gaithersburg campus on the development of enabling nanofabrication technologies for novel neutron-based precision measurements under the mentorship of PML Project Leader Dr. Nikolai Klimov and in collaboration with inter-disciplinary NIST team. The candidate will have an opportunity to:
Work on cutting-edge quantum science and technology projects
Work at the state-of-the-art NIST Center of Nanoscale Science and Technology NanoFab (https://www.nist.gov/cnst) including class-100 cleanroom facility
Be a member of a multidisciplinary collaboration team of scientists
Publish in prestigious scientific journals and present at technical conferences
Ph.D. or equivalent experience in natural sciences or engineering
Substantial hands-on experience in micro-/nanofabrication and cleanroom processes
In-depth knowledge of advanced lithographic techniques, DRIE, thin-film deposition
MEMs/NEMs, microfluidics or photonics device modeling and nanofabrication is a plus
Strong publication record demonstrating original thinking, and ability to conduct research both independently, and collaboratively
Effective written and oral communication skills
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA (no U.S. visas will be sponsored at this time)
If interested, please contact:
Nikolai N. Klimov, Ph.D.
Project Leader, Nanoscale Fabrication and Photonics
Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)
National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST)
For best consideration apply with a cover letter, CV, and names of three professional references which include former supervisor(s) at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/79354 under position number 125756. The posting will be open until filled.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: UMD benefits
Internal Number: 125756
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