Malcolm Cochran photographed by Genevieve Martin

Malcolm J Cochran

Scientific Associate

Scientific Associate for POWDER (HB2A) and IMAGINE (CG4D) at HFIR

Malcolm came to the laboratory in 2010 as an Instrument Associate during the SNS BL-16B (VISION) build and commissioning.  In 2012, he was hired by Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH as the Instrument Engineer for the SNS BL-15 (NSE) where he worked until he was hired in 2017 by UT-Battelle as the Scientific Associate for HFIR HB2A (POWDER) and CG4D (IMAGINE) where he works today.


12/17 – Present – Scientific Associate for HFIR Beam Lines CG4D and HB2A

11/2012 – 12/17 - Lead Engineer of the Neutron Spin Echo Spectrometer - SNS Beam Line 15 - Employed by Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

12/2010 - 10/2012 - Instrument Associate on VISION - SNS Beam Line 16B. Employed by ORISE under contract to the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

8/2008 - 10/2010 - Research Coordinator II for Professor John Larese at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

6/2006 - 8/2008 - Undergraduate Research Assistant in computational chemistry for Professor Robert Harrison at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN


2021 NSD Best Experiment Award for the collaborative development of new methods to understand polymer flow and deformation by SANS.

2020 NSD Doing it Better Award for Improving experiment capabilities and the user program operations in novel, innovative and creative ways.

May 2009 - BS, Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Summa Cum Laude