Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education, Cornell University: The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), in collaboration with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), has an opening for a Postdoctoral Associate.

This individual will be jointly affiliated with CHESS and the “Controlling Complex Electronic Materials” Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) in the CCMR. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and previous experience with materials physics and x-ray or neutron scattering. Individuals selected for this position will exploit CHESS undulator beams to perform high-resolution scattering studies of materials of interest to the IRG, particularly thin films and heterostructures.“Complex Electronic Materials” Postdoctoral Position at CHESS

The IRG is focused on understanding and controlling complex electronic materials where quantum many-body interactions can produce spectacular electronic and magnetic properties. These properties include colossal magnetoresistance, giant thermoelectric power, spin-polarized “half-metallic” ferromagnetism, high temperature superconductivity, huge electric field effects, and many forms of nanoscale electron self-organization. Recent work in the IRG has been published in Science, Nature Physics, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, and Physical Review Letters. Affiliated PIs include Joel Brock (Applied & Engineering Physics & Director of CHESS), J.C. Seamus Davis (Physics), Craig Fennie, David Muller, and Lena Fitting Kourkoutis (Applied & Engineering Physics), Andrew Millis (Columbia University), Jacob Ruff (CHESS), Darrell Schlom (co-leader, Materials Science & Engineering), and Kyle Shen (co-leader, Physics).

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with members of the IRG on numerous collaborative projects, including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for whom synchrotron x-ray scattering is not a primary research focus. Strong communication skills are a must, including fluency in English. Appointments are for one year and are renewable for up to two years, contingent upon availability of funds and employee performance.

Applications should be submitted at and should include a cover letter, a CV, a list of publications, and a detailed summary of research experience and interests. Applicants must arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent, as per instructions on the academicjobsonline website. The starting date is negotiable. For more information about the position, please contact Dr. Jacob Ruff ( and/or Prof. Kyle Shen (

Located on an Ivy League university campus in picturesque upstate New York, CHESS is a NSF-funded lightsource serving a world-wide user base of biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers. Co-located on the Cornell campus, the CCMR is an NSF-funded MRSEC supporting dozens of researchers in dynamic interdisciplinary groups. Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Position ID: CornellCLASSEPhysicsCHESSCCMR [#5507]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Ithaca, New York 14853, United States
Subject Areas: Applied Physics
Materials Science
Appl Deadline: 2015/10/15 (posted 2015/04/15, listed until 2015/10/15)
Position Description:   Apply    

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication List
  • Two Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site )
And anything else requested in the position description.

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Further Info:
134 Newman Lab
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853