John Hill serves as the Director of the National Synchrotron Light Source II and as the Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences. In his role as NSLS-II Director, he is responsible for all aspects of Facility operations for NSLS-II. As Deputy ALD for Energy Sciences he assists Jim Misewich in strategic issues for the Energy Sciences Directorate with particular focus on synergies with the NSLS-II.
Hill previously served as group leader of the x-ray scattering group in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department and is recognized as a world leader in applying x-ray scattering techniques to the study of condensed matter systems. In particular, he has focused on using resonant elastic scattering to study magnetic and electronic order in a range of materials. More recently, he has extended these studies by pioneering the use of inelastic x-ray scattering techniques to study electron dynamics in similar systems. His research is presently focused on understanding the novel electronic ground states and excitations in strongly correlated electron systems.
After obtaining a B.Sc. degree in physics in 1986 from Imperial College, Hill earned a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. From there, he joined Brookhaven Lab’s Physics Department as a postdoc. He was promoted through the ranks, received tenure in 1999, and was appointed group leader of the X-ray Scattering Group in 2001. Hill was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award and the DOE Young Independent Scientist Award in 1996, was elected a fellow of the APS in 2002, and received a Brookhaven Science and Technology Award in 2012.
Hill served on the NSLS Users Executive Committee from 1999 to 2001, and from 2001 to 2007, he was the Executive Director of IXS-CDT, a consortium that led the design, construction and commissioning of an inelastic x-ray scattering beamline at the Advanced Photon Source.
From February 2006 to August 2008, he served as Experimental Facilities Division Director for the NSLS-II project, with responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the design, construction and commissioning of NSLS-II’s experimental facilities, a scope of work that included beamlines, the associated R&D programs and interactions with users.