Synchrotron X-ray Beamline Scientist at ChemMatCARS, Sector 15 of the Advanced Photon Source / Visiting Research Assistant Professor

The University of Illinois at Chicago is seeking a Beamline Scientist in liquid interface x-ray scattering to join NSF’s ChemMatCARS, a national synchrotron x-ray user research facility at Sector 15 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). The appointment will be made as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor during its initial phase with long term renewal as a ChemMatCARS employee subject to funding availability and performance.


Position Summary
Work as a beamline scientist in liquid interface scattering at Sector 15 (NSF’s ChemMatCARS) of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The successful candidate will work within a small group of scientists who specialize in the application of x-ray scattering and spectroscopy to liquid interfaces within a wide range of scientific problems in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, and materials science. New opportunities for development of scientific facilities in the areas of liquid-solid interface scattering and heterogeneities of liquid interfaces will be available as the result of a major expansion of ChemMatCARS coinciding with an upgrade of the APS.

Duties & Responsibilities

(1) development of new capabilities in liquid interface scattering,

(2) implementation of an ongoing beamline upgrade,

(3) scientific support of users of the facility,

(4) development and maintenance of liquid interface scattering instrumentation, and

(5) collaborative research with ChemMatCARS users and staff.


Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in experimental Physical or Biological Sciences (including physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, or related fields). Postdoctoral experience that includes experimental research at synchrotron x-ray facilities is preferable. A successful applicant must satisfy the requirements for access to Argonne National Laboratory.

Preferred Qualifications
Highly desirable skills include: (1) Expertise in synchrotron x-ray techniques for studying liquid-vapor interfaces and the liquid-solid interface (for biological and other applications), x-ray microscopy, coherent x-ray imaging, and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. (2) Strong computer programming and instrumentation interface skills in Python, C, EPICS, SPEC, and BlueSky programming languages, using Linux-based operating systems. (3) Excellent verbal and written communication skills. (4) Ability to work well both as a team member and independently.

To apply, submit a cover letter, a research statement, and a CV at


The applicant should be prepared to submit contact information for 3 references upon request.

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent “Best Colleges” rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has nearly 260,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.

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