Postdoctoral Associate in Materials Science and Engineering

University of Maryland

United States

Position Number: 125756

Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

Functional Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

University Authorized FTE: 1

Unit: ENGR-Materials Science & Engineering

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:


A Postdoctoral Research Associate position in nanoscale science & technologies is immediately available under the Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg MD and the University of Maryland (UMD) in College Park MD. The successful candidate will be a UMD employee joining the NIST’s multidisciplinary team and conducting full-time research on NIST-Gaithersburg campus towards the development of a novel neutron interferometric measurements for quantum applications. In particular, the candidate will help to develop and nanofabricate a novel class of micro- and nanograting-based quantum devices and structures that will be a foundation for the next-generation neutron interferometers. The new devices will use spatially correlated spins, phase, linear and angular momentum of neutrons for high precision measurements of fundamental forces and materials structure. Three thrusts of enabling quantum applications will be pursued:

1: A vastly different technique of ultra-precise measurement of universal gravitational constant (the big “G”). The new measurement may not only shed the light on our understanding of gravity, but may assist searches for axion-like dark matter, as well as forces that lie outside our current knowledge of the universe.
2: Develop techniques for the generation and control of entangled neutron states. These methods will resolve quantum correlations in microscopically entangled matter by providing new ways to probe the local domain structure and the spin-coherence of topological materials at correlation lengths < 1 micron.
3: Innovative neutron interferometric phase imaging that will enable unprecedented 3D mapping of nanoscale structure of almost any heterogeneous materials. This will allow to see nanoscale details in complex systems such as lithium batteries, 3D printed materials, tissue scaffolding, blood clots, ageing concrete, multiphase flow in colloidal and geological systems.


The successful candidate will conduct research at NIST-Gaithersburg campus on the development of enabling nanofabrication technologies for novel neutron-based precision measurements under the mentorship of PML Project Leader Dr. Nikolai Klimov and in collaboration with inter-disciplinary NIST team. The candidate will have an opportunity to:
• Work on cutting-edge quantum science and technology projects
• Work at the state-of-the-art NIST Center of Nanoscale Science and Technology NanoFab ( including class-100 cleanroom facility
• Be a member of a multidisciplinary collaboration team of scientists
• Publish in prestigious scientific journals and present at technical conferences

Minimum Qualifications:


• Ph.D. or equivalent experience in natural sciences or engineering
• Substantial hands-on experience in micro-/nanofabrication and cleanroom processes
• In-depth knowledge of advanced lithographic techniques, DRIE, thin-film deposition
• MEMs/NEMs, microfluidics or photonics device modeling and nanofabrication is a plus
• Strong publication record demonstrating original thinking, and ability to conduct research both independently, and collaboratively
• Effective written and oral communication skills
• Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA (no U.S. visas will be sponsored at this time)

Additional Information:

If interested, please contact:
Nikolai N. Klimov, Ph.D.
Project Leader, Nanoscale Fabrication and Photonics
Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)
National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST)
100 Bureau Dr, Gaithersburg MD 20899-8363
Ph: 301 975 3517 |
For best consideration apply with a cover letter, CV, and names of three professional references which include former supervisor(s).

The posting will be open until filled.

Posting Date: 09/16/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Best Consideration Date 11/30/2020

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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  • Curriculum Vitae
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