Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking a Synchrotron Infrared Research Scientist. The Research Scientist will provide scientific and technical leadership to the ALS Infrared Group and support infrared beamline users at the ALS. The incumbent will also assist with experiment selection, proposal writing, data acquisition, data analysis/interpretation, and publications. The Research Scientist will work creatively in a multidisciplinary team, playing a lead role in the maintenance and ongoing development of the state-of-the-art infrared beamlines and their associated instrumentation. This multifaceted position requires highly developed analytical and quantitative skills, initiative, independence, and team-leading skills to critically impact the achievement of ALS organizational goals.
The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract more than 2,000 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undertaking a new project (ALS-U)that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!
The core values of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates that would support a culture where all of the ALS's staff and scientists—regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, abilities/disabilities, socioeconomic status, geographic region, or other defining characteristics—should feel welcome and valued.
For those who hold roles as supervisors, an ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs of the ALS and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. This position will be filled at the Career or Career-Track appointment, dependent on experience
What You Will Do:
Provide multifunctional scientific and technical expertise and innovation for state-of-the-art synchrotron infrared micro-spectroscopy and nano-spectroscopy beamlines and their research programs at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron radiation facility.
Work closely with members of the ALS and users to operate, maintain, and develop the infrared beamlines and their associated instrumentation.
Provide a high level of user support for the operations of the beamlines in the pursuit of the users' research, while demonstrating and leading by example safe work practices. Provide telephone and in-person assistance to users when necessary and develop comprehensive documentation for user groups to maximize efficient use of the experimental equipment.
Lead and collaborate in research with the IR beamline team in both basic science and instrument development, and engage in collaborative research with user groups as appropriate.
Participate in and assume responsibility for R&D projects crucial to achieving ALS organizational objectives.
Perform all safety and supervisory duties at the infrared beamlines.
Coordinate with ALS User's Office and perform outreach to new users.
Disseminate the results of the above efforts through internal and external presentations, publications, international conferences, and seminars at the level expected of a professional scientist.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Participate in ALS Division committees and working groups as appropriate to skill level and Division needs.
Participate in Lab-wide committees and working groups as appropriate to skill level and Lab needs.
What is Required:
Ph.D. and/or equivalent experience in Physics, Chemistry or a related field including a minimum of 5 years of work experience or equivalent combination of research and education.
An excellent practical knowledge of physics, chemistry, engineering and/or biology and their applications in scientific research.
Strong knowledge and experience with FTIR spectroscopy, including quantitative analysis of spectra.
Experience designing, troubleshooting, and supporting novel optical and spectroscopic systems.
Experience collaborating in a diverse multidisciplinary team environment with excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel with varied academic backgrounds.
Strong and effective oral and written communication skills for documentation of beamline operations and for summarizing, presenting, and publishing the results of R&D projects both internally and externally.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience working at a synchrotron infrared beamline and supporting users in a dynamic environment.
Experience with scattering-type, scanning nearfield optical microscopy (s-SNOM) and/or other near-field infrared techniques.
Experience with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and other scanning probe techniques.
Experience with optics, vacuum techniques, and cryogenics (both liquid nitrogen and liquid helium).
Experience with computer control and automation of scientific instrumentation.
Experience with multivariate analysis and/or spectral image analysis.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 14, 2018.
This is a full-time, two-year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Salaried position, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
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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