Lemont, Illinois

The Q-NEXT Extreme Scale Characterization Thrust is looking for a postdoctoral candidate to perform research on solid state quantum material systems through the use of advanced nanoscale coherent X-ray diffraction imaging techniques and the development of operando experimental environments. The successful candidate would be part of a dynamic team working collaboratively with both Q-NEXT quantum materials development thrusts as well as the Electron and X-ray Microscopy group at the Center for Nanoscale Materials conducting a wide range of experimental research on nanoscale structure / function relationships in solid-state quantum materials primarily using the CNM Hard X-ray Nanoprobe.

The candidate will primarily be responsible for developing an experimental program imaging 3D lattice strain near optically active defects in crystalline materials and developing quantum-relevant operando environments compatible with synchrotron X-ray microscopy. The candidate will plan and carry out diffraction microscopy experiments using nano-focused Scanning X-ray Diffraction Microscopy and Ptychography, and create operando cryogenic environments and in-situ optical spectroscopy setups that are compatible with synchrotron microscopy methods for confocal laser PL defect imaging in quantum material hosts.

The candidate will collaborate with other members of Q-NEXT Quantum Information Science Research Center to develop new ideas and seek research opportunities with other scientists at the CNM, Argonne Materials Science Division and the University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering. Publishes results in refereed journals and makes oral presentations at meetings conferences, symposia, and seminars. Maintains cognizance of available techniques and expertise in related research groups through interactions and collaborative efforts. Reports on experiment progress, technique development, and new initiatives to peer reviewers and to program manager.

Position Requirements

  • A strong background in materials research for quantum information or sensing is preferred.
  • Considerable experience in experimental research of materials physics systems using advanced synthesis, fabrication, spectroscopy or microscopy techniques is required.
  • Considerable skill in written and oral communication.
  • Direct research experience with quantum material systems used for information transfer or sensing is advantageous.
  • Direct research experience with coherent synchrotron x-ray diffraction methods used for microscopy is advantageous.
  • Experience in development of cryogenic and optical microscopy / spectroscopy experimental platforms for quantum material research a plus.
  • Good skills in collaboration and ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience with techniques for optical spectroscopy of lattice defect semiconductor systems for quantum information science.
  • Experience with developing and carrying out synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments.
  • Candidates must have a PhD obtained within the last three years


Job Family
Postdoctoral Family

Job Profile
Postdoctoral Appointee

Worker Type
Long-Term (Fixed Term)

Time Type
Full time

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Lemont, Illinois

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