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  • Post-Doctoral Position in Thin Film Deposition and Structural Characterization by X-ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy

    The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science of Columbia University in the City of New York invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist position in the area of thin film deposition and characterization by x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. The films will be deposited by sputtering in an ultrahigh vacuum deposition chamber. The deposited films will be characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy conventional and high-resolution transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy as well as tomographic imaging, analytical electron microscopy and crystal orientation mapping. This is a full-time position and the work will be carried out in the thin film deposition lab, the shared materials characterization and electron microscopy facilities at Columbia University and at the ASRC of the City University of New York. The use of facilities at Brookhaven National Laboratories is also anticipated. Candidates for postdoctoral research positions come to the University to continue their training, generally within three years of completion of Ph.D., for independent careers as scientists and scholars and must display strong research potential in their field of study. All candidates are expected to be able to work well in a team and to communicate effectively the results of their research or research activities both orally and in writing.

    Minimum Qualifications: A PhD (or equivalent professional degree) in Materials Science and Engineering or a related field is required.The candidate should have actual experience in operation and maintenance of sputtering systems, in x-ray diffraction studies of polycrystalline and epitaxial films, in scanning electron microscopy, and in conventional and high-resolution transmission, scanning transmission and analytical electron microscopy and crystal orientation mapping studies for physical sciences. Experience with tomographic imaging and image reconstruction is also highly desirable. The microscopy studies will be conducted on metallic films and lines. The candidate is required to prepare the necessary electron transparent samples for study using a variety of techniques such as conventional grinding, polishing and ion milling, chemical back etching, grid transfer techniques for 2D materials, as well as focused ion beam preparation. The candidate must be able to run experiments and analyze data independently.

    Please send your CV, a cover letter and a list of three references with their contact information to Prof. Barmak at The position is open immediately and will remain open until filled. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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