Post Doc Synchrotron Studies of Molten Salts, Solutes and Interfaces

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • Oct 15, 2020
Full time

Job Description

Job ID 2335Date posted 09/18/2020

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Position Description

A two year term is available for a  post-doctoral research associate who will be part of a team using synchrotron x-ray methods to study the local structure within molten salts (MS), MS-induced corrosion, and MS structure at interfaces.  The postdoc will also participate in electron microscopy studies of MS-induced corrosion. The postdoc will participate  in the design of equipment for in situ experiments using x-rays on MS systems, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. This position is part of the Molten Salts in Extreme Environments Energy Frontier Research Center (MSEE EFRC), a collaboration of three National Laboratories and three universities led by BNL. Our scientific mission is to provide fundamental, atomic-level understanding of bulk and interfacial molten salts, and the effects of molten salt exposure on metallic interfaces. MSEE measures and aims to predict the local and intermediate-range interactions and the structure and dynamics of molten salts in the bulk and at interfaces, including the speciation of metal ion solutes. We develop in-situ synchrotron, electrochemical and electron microscopy techniques to understand interfacial and corrosion processes in molten salt systems. X-ray measurements will be integrated with modeling approaches: i) to provide fundamental new information on surface ordering of MS; and ii) to understand and predict non-equilibrium, metastable states formed during the reactions at interfaces. This position has a high level of interaction with  multi-disciplinary team and multicultural scientific community.

Position Requirements

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform synchrotron experiments (x-ray scattering, absorption spectroscopy and reflectivity) on molten salt systems with and without actinides
  • Design, develop, commission and utilize sample environments for synchrotron experiments on molten salts
  • Participate in translating the experimental results into new scientific knowledge through the use of advanced data analysis techniques
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Develop and maintain safe practices and working conditions  

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, material science or a related field
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with one or more of the following synchrotron techniques: x-ray scattering and x-ray absorption spectroscopy
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and troubleshooting skills in experimental science
  • Self-motivation and ability to work in a diverse team environment
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the chemistry and/or atomic structure of molten salt systems or actinides
  • Experience in developing scientific apparatus for corrosive and/or high-temperature environments
  • Understanding the chemical and physical properties of high-temperature materials
  • Experience in handling radioactive material

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Must be willing to handle small quantities of radioactive material


  • Occasional shift and weekend work for supporting x-ray data collection
  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past 5 years
  • Initial 2 year term appointment subject to renewal contingent on performance and funding

BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits

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