APT Positions Available

Post Doctorate RA - Atom Probe Tomography
PNNL - Richland, WA
Job ID: 309105
Directorate: Physical & Computational Sciences
Division: Physical Sciences
Group: Materials Sciences

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

The Opportunity
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to collaboration and work–life balance. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven postdocs come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

Contribute to PNNL’s goals in Material science as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Sciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the microstructural evolution and structure-property relationship of metallic alloys and functional materials. You will be mentored by prominent researchers, including senior investigators in Material science group of PSD, as you develop a line of experimental research, working to understand the detailed atomic scale microstructural evolution of metallic alloys and functional materials during various thermomechanical processing and during exposure to extreme environments. You will also work to better understand processes such as phase transformations, role of interfaces in mass and energy transfer in materials, in situ probing of phase transformation mechanisms in materials. This position will utilize many advanced capabilities in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a unique DOE User Facility on the PNNL campus.

The Ideal Candidate
If you are a postdoctoral researcher ready to test your talents and training in materials sciences and hone
your skills at a national laboratory widely recognized for its work in the physical sciences, we want to connect
with you. Details are below; you do not need to meet all of the preferred qualifications to be considered.

What you will do:
• Conduct fundamental and applied research in materials science and metallurgical engineering
specifically in the area of phase transformation and microstructure-mechanical property relationships.
Be responsible for completion of assignments individually and as a member of a team
Lead manuscript development and maintain a strong overall publication record in the peer-reviewed
scientific literature
Interact, communicate, and problem solve with a diverse team of research staff within the materials
sciences group, EMSL, PSD and across PNNL
Present research at technical conferences and project/program review meetings
Participate in the development of research proposals
PNNL is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities,
and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Email PNNL Recruiter Fred Bond at
Fred.Bond@pnnl.gov for details


PhD position in Atom Probe Tomography and TEM studies of precipitation in Al-alloys
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Alfred Getz veg 2 7491 Trondheim

The theme of the PhD research is atom resolution investigation of precipitation of nano-size precipitates in aluminum alloys. The position funded directly by the Faculty of Natural Sciences and by DMSE and is related to the fact that the DMSE recently bought a state-of-the-art atom probe instrument. The candidate will also have access to world leading high-resolution TEM facilities at NTNU. The physical metallurgy group at DMSE has a strong scientific tradition on research on precipitation systems in aluminum alloys, where we are collaborating closely with the Department of Physics and with SINTEF. The supervision of the candidate will involve these groups. We are running several related research projects, with which the candidate may collaborate.

More information, or to apply directly: click here.

Date Available: December 12, 2018 - Immediate
Apply by: January 27, 2018

Contact Professor Bjorn Holmedal
Phone +4773596904


Research Associate
Coventry University

Research in the group of Dr. Bo Chen at Coventry University focusses on the development of mechanistic understanding of mechanical performance of materials used for safety-critical components, with a particular interest in the use of combined advanced experimental and modelling tools across different length-scales. Dr. Bo Chen’s group consists of 6 PhD students in the UK and 2 PhD and 3 MRes students in Beijing and Shanghai, China.

Thanks to the recent EPSRC Early Career Fellowship Award to Dr. Bo Chen 2019-2024
, we now have an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join this group and contribute to advanced microstructural characterization, including Focused Ion Beam (FIB), High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM)and Atom Probe Tomography (APT), to a study of Type 316L(N) stainless steel used for next-generation sodium-cooled fast reactors. The aim of the research is to understand and provide quantitative description of the long-term microstructural degradation associated with thermal ageing and/or creep-fatigue in Type 316L(N) stainless steels.

You will be based in Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Materials and Structural Integrity Research Group and will be jointly supervised by Dr Bo Chen, Dr David Parfitt (A Materials Physicist and Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering) and Prof. Michael Fitzpatrick (A non-executive director of Diamond Light Source Limited, the UK’s national synchrotron X-ray facility, and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Chair of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance), supporting a range of research projects in their group. You will have frequent travels to Oxford Materials and spend a significant amount of time at Oxford by working with Dr Chen’s research partner, Prof. Michael Moody, (Professor of Materials and Fellow of Trinity College) on advanced microstructural characterization.

Duties and Responsibilities
1. Plan and manage own research activity, including:
Designing, conducting and recording outcome of advanced microstructural characterization.
Designing and conducting literature and database searches and preparing reviews of findings.
Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of research outcomes.
2. Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research under the direction of the Principal Investigator.
3. Communicate complex research information using a range of methods and media, including to the public where appropriate. This may include material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
4. To undertake the publication of your research results and outcomes with a view to developing a national/international profile. Contribute to REF impact rated nationally/internationally excellent by publishing peer-reviewed papers at top journals in the field.
5. Build or help to maintain internal and external contacts and networks.
6. Undertake (co-)supervision of PhD students and small-scale projects.
7. Continually update knowledge and understanding in the discipline and develop new research techniques and approaches to enable contribution within established research programmes.

For additional information, or to apply, click here.

Post-Doctoral Research Appointment in Nanomaterials Characterization
The University of Alabama

Professor Gregory B. Thompson at The University of Alabama is seeking candidates to fill a post-doctoral research position. The candidate will be involved in research activities in characterizing nanoscale materials through atom probe tomography and various transmission electron microscopy techniques including precession electron diffraction, in situ mechanical testing in the TEM, and HRTEM. The specific programs funding this research involve quantification of solute segregation behavior to grain boundaries to mitigate grain growth in nanocrystalline alloys as well as clustering and precipitation in multicomponent magnetic alloys used for electric propulsion. Successful candidates in this position will be expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals, present at professional society conferences, assist in report writing to the sponsors of these programs, and provide guidance of graduate students in these topics.

The candidate will join a highly dynamic research group of multiple graduate students and other postdoctoral researchers. Details of Professor Thompson’s research activities can be found here.

The University of Alabama (UA) has a suite of state-of-the-art analytical microscopy equipment, including the newest generation Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) 5000XS. Further details on UA’s Central Analytical Facility can be found here.
This appointment will offer ample opportunities to use this equipment to advance these programs.

The successful candidate should hold a doctorate degree in Materials Science & Engineering or a closely related field with demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more of the areas of atom probe tomography, cross-correlative microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and focus ion beam specimen preparation. The position will be for one year, with renewal funding based on performance and available funding.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Thompson directly as well as apply for the post-doctoral position through the University of Alabama site.

The position would ideally begin March 1
st, 2019 but can be adjusted dependent on candidate qualifications.


Professor / Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering (Atom Probe Tomography)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a vacancy for a Professor / Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering (Atom Probe Tomography).

NTNU is seeking a highly qualified candidate for this Professor / Associate Professor position. A new state-of-the-art 3D Atom Probe instrument will provide unique research opportunities.

The position will strengthen the research profile in materials characterization at the department towards a cross-disciplinary research activity in the field of 3D Atom Probe Tomography (APT) characterization.

The successful applicant will also contribute to teach on MSc and PhD levels in materials science and engineering, with a focus on materials.

The position reports to the head of the department.

For more information, or to apply, click here.

Additional information, if required, can be obtained by contacting:
Jostein Mardalen
Head of Department

PhD Research on Tomographic Metrology of 3D Semiconductor Nano-Devices

Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

Position description

Advanced semiconductor technology heavily relies on 3D nano-scale concepts such as finfets, nanosheets, nanowires – you name it. The performance of these devices is a tight interplay between its structure and chemical composition at the atomic level, i.e. a few misplaced dopant atoms can render a full device useless. Clearly, device fabrication and characterization, two processes that must go hand-in-hand, become increasingly complex and call for clever fabrication and 3D metrology solutions with close to atomic precision.

Driven by this quest, two important microscopy concepts have emerged over the last years as key players, i.e. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy/tomography (STEM), enabling a scientist to visualize and count individual atoms in complex 3-dimensional nano-structures. APT provides high elemental selectivity and sensitivity but its quantitative and spatial accuracy is strongly degraded in heterogeneous systems. On the other end, STEM and X-ray (EDS) tomography have better spatial accuracy but lower elemental sensitivity. Ultimately, the hybridization of both concepts shows great potential for real, atomic-scale tomography as it would overcome these limitations.

Both APT and STEM/EDS-tomography require similar sample preparation so that in principle samples can easily be transferred between the analysis systems. Merging the information deduced by the different techniques from the same sample then allows to combine their benefits and strengths, and hence boost the insight on the structural/chemical properties of the analyzed device.

You will have the opportunity to work with imec's state-of-the-art analysis equipment for atom probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy on materials and structures for the development of the future semiconductor 3D device technologies. The research plan will concentrate on:

• Further optimizing the hybrid STEM-EDS-APT analysis work flow and the sample preparation involved.
• Analyzing 3D device structures after different process steps with a combination of STEM and EDS tomography and correlating with APT.
• Developing procedures for merging the structural and chemical information obtained by the different techniques acquired on these samples.
• Understanding the physics that lead to artifacts in the APT spatial reconstruction and optimizing the reconstruction procedures.
• Improving the chemical quantification by APT by cross-correlation with EDS.

To apply, or for more information, contact Claudia Fleischmann, PhD
Application deadline: December 31, 2018.


Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTSU)
Senior Engineer in Atom Probe Tomography

About the position

We have a vacancy for a senior engineer in atom probe tomography at the department of materials science and engineering.

The position is part of the establishment of an Atom Probe Tomography laboratory in connection to the MiMaC national infrastructure.

The department is hosting the Norwegian national centre for Minerals and Materials Characterisation (MiMaC), co-hosting the Norwegian national centre for X-ray diffraction (REXC), in addition to being frequent users of the NTNU NanoLab, another national infrastructure, and NTNUs advanced analytical TEM instruments at the Trondheim node of the National Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NorTEM).

Our recently purchased 3D Atom Probe instrument is a part of the MiMaC-lab, and the Department has the ambition to develop a world-leading research environment in the field of APT.

The position will strengthen the research profile in materials characterization at the department in the field of 3D Atom Probe Tomography (APT). The successful applicant will also contribute on other advanced materials characterization techniques.
The position reports to technical leader.

Job description
     -participate in setting up the Laboratory, developing methods within atom probe sample preparation and analysis and be responsible for user training, maintenance and operations on the atom probe instrument. Assisting on other advanced material techniques can also be relevant.
     -technical responsible for the APT laboratory and related activities
     -the research and teaching language will mainly be English
     -contribute to laboratory activities related to courses in various electron microscopy and other material characterisation techniques at MSc and PhD level, with a specific responsibility for the activities applying Atom Probe.

Qualification requirements
     -hands-on operation experience on running an APT instrument and relevant data analysis
     -interest of running and maintaining the instrument and competence and experience with corresponding sample preparation techniques
     -a PhD and/or MSc degree in a relevant field
     -able to communicate orally and written in English at a good level
     -If the candidate does not speak or write any Scandinavian language, it is expected that knowledge of Norwegian is obtained within three years, equivalent to level three in the “Norwegian for Foreigners” courses provided by the Department of Linguistics, NTNU.

Desired qualifications 

    -In depth knowledge of advanced material characterisation techniques will be considered as an advantage.
     -Promising applicants who have not the experience in operation of APT, but with a relevant theoretical background and with the potential to master the instrument within a short time training, may also be considered. Necessary training will then be provided to such a holder of the post.

Personal characteristics 

     -good communication skills
     -demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
     -enjoys working in an environment where development and productivity is high
     -structured and solution oriented

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer
     -exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
     -an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
     -favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
     -employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of senior engineer code 1087 is normally remunerated at gross from
NOK 464 800 – 565 500 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.
Questions about the position can be directed to professor Yanjun Li, Leader of MiMaC
e-mail: yanjun.li@ntnu.no,phone: (+47) 73551206 and technical leader Eli Beate Larsen,
e-mail: eli.beate.larsen@ntnu.no, phone : (+47) 91897599.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number when applying.
Application deadline: 2018-11-07

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