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Postdoctoral Appointee

Materials Science Division

Wednesday 31st August, 2011
Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA

Job Description

Basic Purpose
To develop a viable thin film solution for superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities for accelerator applications. This includes applying high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) to fabricate films and multilayers of thin films exhibiting superconducting properties with goal to (a) replace bulk niobium cavities and (b) explore thin film options to exceed the limits set by using bulk niobium for SRF cavities. The task involves operation and improvement of the HIPIMS plasma deposition equipment located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Therefore the employee will spend 100% of their time at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Knowledge in thin film deposition using vacuum and plasma based technologies, such as magnetron sputtering, and preferably HIPIMS. Considerable experience with interpreting structural and electronic properties from analytical techniques (XRD, EBS, RBS, NRA, TEM, XPS, RBS, Hall, etc.). Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Understanding of accelerators and accelerating RF cavities.

understanding of superconductors and superconducting thin films.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other researchers in a diverse team. Proficiency in standard office, data acquisition and data analysis software. Experience with software related to: materials characterization; experiment automation (e.g. LabVIEW); and data handling and presentations (e.g. MatLab and Origin). A Ph.D. in physics, material science, electrical engineering, or a closely related field received in the last three years to expected in the next six months.

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements
Years Since Ph.D. -- 0-1, 1-2, 2-3