Research Scientist

Charlottesville, VA
Feb 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Scientist

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 02-15-2017

Posting Summary:
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks outstanding candidates for a one-year full-time Research Scientist position within the Laboratory for Astrophysics and Surface Physics. This position will focus on fundamental laboratory experiments to support Dawn mission observations of Ceres. In addition, the Research Scientist will also contribute to ongoing research concerning the sputtering of planetary analogs and other materials under ion impact.

Primary responsibilities will include characterization of processed and pristine mineral, soil, or condensed-gas surfaces in a vacuum environment using: optical reflectance and transmission spectroscopy (UV-Vis-IR), electron and ion spectroscopies, and mass spectrometry. The candidate will utilize a spectrophotometer with incorporated low-temperature reaction chamber and/or FTIR spectrometer coupled one of several ultrahigh-vacuum chambers within LASP to study physical and chemical effects of mineral surfaces irradiated by charged particles or energetic photons and/or exposed to reactive gases.

The successful candidate will be expected to collect, analyze and interpret data, generate and modify computer analytic and instrumentation control code, participate in group or collaboration meetings, write papers and reports, give oral presentations, contribute to proposals and progress reports, and supervise graduate students.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Physics or related field by the time of appointment. At least two years post-doctoral experience is preferred

Sufficient experiential knowledge to maintain ultra-high vacuum instruments and equipment independently is required. Experience and interest in planetary science, particularly concerning the interaction of solar wind with lunar and asteroidal regoliths, as well as surface physics and analytical surface characterization by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger-electron spectroscopy (AES), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS), reflectance-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), and mass spectrometry is optimal. Familiarity with quartz-crystal microbalance systems, vapor deposition, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction preferred.

Skills in the following areas are essential: optical spectroscopy from the ultraviolet to the infrared; materials and surface characterization; design, operation, and maintenance of ultrahigh vacuum systems and pumping equipment; experience in the operation of liquid-He cryostats and closed cycled refrigerators, and in ancillary cryogenic techniques; growth by vapor deposition, characterization and analysis of thin films; evidence of good written and oral English language skills.

To apply, visit and search job posting number 0620346. Complete an online candidate profile and attach a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Please contact Jeannie Reese at with any questions. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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