Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry Division has an opening for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate. The successful candidate will work with the staff and users of the Biological Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry to advance basic scientific research in the synthesis, characterization and manipulation of organic molecules, nanocrystals, and molecular biology. This position will supervise and assist users by providing project planning, training in the design, synthesis, and characterization or organic, nanocrystal, or protein-based materials, and scientific interpretation. In addition the Senior Scientific Engineering Associate will apply and develop new methods to design, synthesize, and characterize organic, nanocrystal, or protein-based materials.
The Molecular Foundry provides communities of users with access to expert staff and leading-edge instrumentation in synergy with robust staff-led internal research programs to enable the understanding and control of matter at the nanoscale in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment. As one of the seven facilities in the Molecular Foundry, the Biological Nanostructures Facility serves a broad user community with expertise at the intersection of nanoscience and living systems. The facility carries out original research and assists users by providing project planning, training in instrumentation and interdisciplinary methodologies, problem solving, and scientific interpretation.
The Molecular Foundry strives for a culture of scientific excellence that promotes community-building, prioritizes safety, and embraces diversity. Therefore, we seek candidates whose research, past employment, or service has prepared them to contribute to community-building, safety, diversity and inclusion. We believe that these values directly contribute to our highly engaged, interactive and productive world-class research institute.
What You Will Do:
Carry out research and provide multifunctional technical expertise and support of the Biological Nanostructures user facility by resolving a diverse range of complex technical problems.
Supervise and assist users with diverse scientific backgrounds by providing project planning, training in the design, synthesis, and characterization of organic, nanocrystal, or protein-based materials, and scientific interpretation.
Responsible for 1-on-1 training of users in Facility instrumentation and interdisciplinary methodologies.
Oversee the user activities, troubleshoot a wide variety of technical problems.
Give input to the selection, maintenance and upgrade to scientific instruments, hardware and software.
Provide technical expertise and support in chemical synthesis, such as organic synthesis or nanocrystal synthesis, and in chemical biology, such as protein modification.
Develop new methods by performing collaborative interdisciplinary research, including experimental design and analysis of experimental results.
Support operations in the Nanobio facility, such as coordinating equipment maintenance and repair, and lab safety.
What is Required:
B.S. or equivalent coursework in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, or related fields with five years' work experience, or equivalent knowledge and work experience.
Experience handling of a variety of hazardous chemicals safely.
Research experience in one of these areas: organic synthesis, nanocrystal synthesis, or chemical biology.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills in synthetic approaches to small molecules or nanocrystals OR knowledge and skills in protein modification.
Strong ability to analyze technical problems and troubleshoot instrumentation.
Knowledge of safe working practices for handling and disposing of hazardous chemicals.
Demonstrated ability in interdisciplinary research, training others, and independent work in a dynamic environment.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills to enable working with diverse collaborators.
Strong time-management skills to enable managing competing demands.
Strong organizational skills to maintain a well-organized lab space and to schedule resources for optimum utilization.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
M.S. with three years of work experience, or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, or related fields.
Research experience in multiple of these areas: organic synthesis, nanocrystal synthesis, or chemical biology.
Skills and knowledge in promoting a strong safety culture.
Good written communication skills to document lab protocols and write standard operating procedures.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full-time career appointment.
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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