X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Postdoctoral Scholar
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
June 23, 2018
Berkeley, United States
Berkeley Lab's Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Postdoctoral Scholar. Under direction of the principal investigator, you will be involved in, but not limited to, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements in two separate, but related, projects. Both projects involve working on topics around plutonium structures. The first will focus on environmental aspects of plutonium, notably how plutonium bonds when sorbed or intercorporated with various minerals. The second project focuses on the annealing properties of plutonium, notably in metals. As part of the latter project, high-resolution fluorescence yield measurements will be undertaken, both to determine oxidation state and to look at the local structures of impurity species. Both projects will primarily utilize the extended x-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) technique for measuring local structure. There are also opportunities for collaborating on other projects within the Actinide Chemistry Group.
What You Will Do:
Help design local structure experiments, especially in collaboration with scientists at LBNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Lead the XAFS experiments at a suitable synchrotron source, especially the Stanford Synchrotron Lightsource (SSRL).
Perform the data analysis on the acquired data.
Prepare scientific presentations and manuscripts for publication in academic journals.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in other related synchrotron experiments, especially high-resolution fluorescence experiments.
What Is Required:
PhD in experimental chemistry or physics, or related fields with less than 5 years of previous postdoctoral experience.
Demonstrated scientific productivity through publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals.
Experience performing experiments at a synchrotron.
Experience in UNIX and/or in computer programming will be required if the candidate requires training in XAFS data analysis.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in measuring and analyzing XAFS data.
Troubleshooting vacuum and cryogenic equipment.
Experience handling radioactive materials is not necessary, but would be useful.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 1 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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