Beamline Scientist Soft Matter Interfaces (SMI)

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Upton, NY, USA
  • May 06, 2021
Full time Research Science

Job Description

Job ID 2613Date posted 04/28/2021

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Organizational Overview

Brookhaven National Laboratory is entering an exciting new chapter with one of the newest and most advanced synchrotron facilities in the world. National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) enables the study of material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing world-leading capabilities for X-ray imaging and high-resolution energy analysis.

This facility is open to users from academia and industry and its operations are at a time when the world enters a new era with a global economy fueled largely by scientific discoveries and technological innovations. NSLS-II provides the research tools needed to foster new discoveries and create breakthroughs in critical areas such as energy security, environment, and human health.

Position Description

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory seeks a Beamline Scientist to carry out operation and user support at the Soft Matter Interfaces (SMI) beamline, a part of the Complex Scattering Program at NSLS-II. The SMI beamline features two instruments: the SMI-SWAXS endstation enables world leading capabilities in (GI)SAXS/WAXS and tender x-ray resonant scattering and the SMI-OPLS endstation supports state-of-the-art studies of liquid interfaces and medium scale, real-time processing. Science at the SMI-SWAXS endstation includes hierarchically structured and nanocomposite soft materials, micro and nano-fluids, polymer technology, liquid crystals, and biomaterials.

As a beamline scientist, the selected candidate will work closely with the SMI team, Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) beamline partners, and other NSLS-II/BNL staff, and conduct a collaborative and independent science program. The selected candidate will be primarily assigned to support and develop the SMI-SWAXS endstation user program with a possibility to contribute to the activities at SMI-OPLS endstation. As a part of the ongoing efforts to develop a multi-modal user program at SMI, the successful candidate is expected to interface with the resonant soft x-ray scattering group.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct user support at the SMI beamline.
  • Perform independent research in soft matter.
  • Participate in technical development of the SMI beamline.
  • Perform experimental data treatment and processing as a part of the user support using Jupyter python environment.
  • Advance tender x-rays user program at the SMI beamline.
  • Support a multi-modal user program between SMI and other beamlines at NSLS-II using SMI’s core experimental capabilities.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. in experimental physics or related field.
  • Demonstrated publication record in soft-matter research based on synchrotron x-rays experiments.
  • Experience in resonant scattering and related data analysis and modeling.
  • Python programming experience.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
    • Demonstrated experience in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and users.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience (at least one or more of the following):

  • Tender and/or soft resonant x-ray synchrotron scattering measurements and related data analysis.
  • GISAXS/GIWAXS and associated data analysis methods.
  • In-situ synchrotron measurements under different sample environments
  • Advanced Python programming with a proven track record of prior independent contributions to data analysis tools in an open-source collaborative environment.


  • Candidate will be hired at the appropriate level commensurate with depth and breadth of experience.

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  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Table-Tennis, Softball, Tennis)

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