Jason Gardner

Jason S Gardner

Distinguished R&D Staff and Section Head of Foundational Materials Science

Dr. Jason S. Gardner heads the Foundational Materials Science section in the Materials Science and Technology Division. The section focuses primarily on the discovery of promising materials for future technologies.  He received his PhD in the United Kingdom at the University of Warwick in 1996.  After postdoctoral fellowships at McMaster University (Canada) and Los Alamos National Laboratory, he joined the National Research Council in Canada to lead their magnetic neutron scattering program. 

In 2002 he moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and spent 11 years developing programs in high energy resolution spectroscopy, before moving on to build a polarized neutron three-axis spectrometer in Australia.  Dr. Gardner has spent a few years in Asia before joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2019.  Dr. Gardner has served on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter where he was the Editor-in-Chief from 2012-2019.

His research interests focus on the complex interactions between atomic spins, phase transition and glassy dynamics. He has written several review articles on Geometrically Frustrated Magnets, and Neutron Scattering.

(Nov 2020 – Present): Distinguished R&D Staff, Section Head, MSTD, ORNL

(2019 – 2020): Professor, Neutron Science Platform, Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory, Southern China.

(2013 – 2018): Scientist at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Taiwan based at ANSTO, Sydney. Research Professor at the National Taiwan University.

(2006 – 2013): Research Scientist Indiana University, USA. Instrument scientist on the NSE spectrometer at NIST, Gaithersburg.

(1999 – 2002): Research Council Officer, National Research Council, Canada. Leading the NPMR magnetism programme.

Fellow, The American Physical Society, 2019
Fellow, The Institute of Physics, UK, 2008

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National laboratory (1998-1999)
  • Research Associate, McMaster University, Canada (1996 – 1998)
  • Ph. D University of Warwick, UK (1992 – 1996)
  • MSc. University of Keele, UK (1991-1992)
  • BSc. University of Warwick, UK (1988 – 1991)