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Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Nanofabrication

University of Maryland/National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, United States
Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Nanofabrication

University of Maryland (UMD)/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


A postdoctoral research associate opportunity in nanofabrication science and technologiesis available in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park, MD (http://www.mse.umd.edu) to join a collaborative research team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physical Measurement Laboratory (https://www.nist.gov/pml) in Gaithersburg, MD developing novel neutron interferometric phase imaging method based on a new class of grating-based nanofabricated devices and structures. The new neutron interferometer will allow a vastly different technique of precise measurement of “big G”, universal gravitational constant, and may shed more light on our understanding of gravity, and may assist searches for forces that lie outside our current knowledge of the universe.

The unique grating interferometer will also allow innovative measurements the quantum decoherence of neutrons transmitted through a matter and will enable unprecedented understanding of nanostructure of wide spectrum of heterogeneous systems (e.g. highly-efficient batteries, blood clots, ageing concrete, multiphase flow in colloidal and geological systems, tissue scaffolding and 3D printed materials). As a future thrust, coherent neutron beams may also play a role in probing entangled and topological systems.



The successful candidate will conduct research at NIST on design, nanofabrication and measurements of innovative grating-based devices and structures for a novel neutron interferometer under the mentorship of Dr. Nikolai Klimov and in collaboration with inter-disciplinary NIST team.

The candidate will have an opportunity to:

-Work in the state-of-the-art NIST NanoFab class 100 cleanroom facility

-Be a member of a multidisciplinary collaboration team

-Publish in prestigious scientific journals and present at technical conferences


Job Requirements


-Ph.D. or equivalent experience in natural sciences or engineering

-Substantial hands-on experience in micro/nano-fabrication and cleanroom processes

-In-depth knowledge of advanced lithographic techniques, DRIE, thin-film deposition

-A good publication record demonstrating original thinking, and ability to conduct research both independently, and collaboratively

-MEMs/NEMs and/or microfluidics device modeling and nanofabrication is a plus

-Effective written and oral communication skills

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)

100 Bureau Dr, Gaithersburg MD 20899-8363

Ph: +1 (301) 975-3517 | nklimov@nist.gov https://www.nist.gov/people/nikolai-klimov

This position is a cooperative position between UMD and NIST. The successful applicant will be a UMD employee conducting research at the NIST in Gaithersburg, MD. The posting will be open until filled.

For best consideration apply with a cover letter, CV and names of 3 professional references which include former supervisor(s) at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/78199 under position number 125756.


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.

05 May 2020
04 June 2020
50000 – 70000
Research and Development