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Staff Scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Laboratory and Research
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Staff Scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS)

CHESS is seeking a staff scientist to lead the science mission of the QM2 beamline, and to support the user community performing research in the field of quantum materials. The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) provides users state-of-the-art synchrotron radiation facilities for research in physics, chemistry, biology, environmental sciences, materials science, cultural heritage, and engineering.

The QM2 beamline is dedicated to both resonant and high-energy scattering studies of quantum materials ( The beamline is part of the Center for High Energy X-ray Science (CHEXS) at CHESS, which is an NSF-funded multidisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental research enabled by high energy x-rays.

  • Support the enthusiastic quantum materials user community at CHESS
  • Foster new collaborations and new research directions
  • Contribute to the development of new synchrotron methods and techniques
  • Communicate research through publications and conference presentations
  • Mentor students and postdocs to train the next generation of synchrotron experts
Essential Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in materials science, chemistry, physics, engineering, or related discipline
  • Minimum 1 year post-PhD experience
  • Interest and ability to work in a multidisciplinary research environment
  • Record of impactful scientific publications
  • Ability to work effectively with technical and scientific staff, students, and users
  • Proficiency in science communication, written and oral, formal and informal.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a background in materials physics research using large user facilities. Experience analyzing large experimental datasets is also an asset. We seek individuals who can make a significant long-term contribution to scientific research at CHESS. For further information about the position, please contact Jacob Ruff (
  • Applications received before August 1, 2021, are guaranteed full consideration.
Applications should be submitted on AcademicJobsOnline:

A complete application will include the following material:

1. Cover letter

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. List of Publications

4. Statement of Research Interests, summarizing scientific accomplishments, instrumentation and method contributions, and ideas for future development of synchrotron science, technology, and user communities.

5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

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