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X-ray Dichroism Scientist
Company: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Location: Berkeley, CA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 06/30/2022
Expire Date: 08/30/2022
Job Categories: Science
Job Description
X-ray Dichroism Scientist
X-ray Dichroism Scientist - 95674
Division: AL-Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Advanced Light Source (ALS, https://als.lbl.gov/) Division has an opening for a Scientist to join the Photon Science (PS, https://als.lbl.gov/science/photon-science-programs/) Group as a member of its Dichroism Program (https://als.lbl.gov/science/photon-science-programs/dichroism-program/).

In this role, you will perform independent and collaborative research at an x-ray beamline that hosts an external user program and features multiple endstations for soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy and scattering experiments. You will specialize in one of three techniques using soft x-rays: absorption spectroscopy; resonant diffraction or reflectometry; or magnetization dynamics using ferromagnetic resonance, and work as part of a group under the supervision of an experienced ALS scientist. The position may be filled at level 1 (Research Scientist) or level 3 (Staff Scientist) and will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.

The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 14,000 users annually. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our team!

What You Will Do:
• Share responsibility for safely operating, maintaining, and developing the capabilities of the soft x-ray Beamline 4.0.2.
• Jointly support the external user program of the beamline.
• Cultivate your research program that uses and expands the resources of the ALS.
• Develop novel x-ray instruments and characterization techniques that enable cutting-edge research; develop software and methods for analyzing experimental data.
• Work with other members of the PS Dichroism Program to define and pursue strategic goals that drive innovation and foster team science in a diverse and inclusive workplace.
• Interact with a vibrant scientific and technical community at LBNL and its visiting researchers to explore solutions to Grand Challenges, as set by DOE Basic Energy Sciences and other funding agencies.
• Document your work, publish your results in peer reviewed scientific and technical journals, and present your findings at domestic/international workshops and conferences.
• [Level 3: Staff Scientist] – Pursue internal and external funding for research and development projects; potential to supervise other ALS scientists; design and lead successful scientific and technical innovations that benefit the ALS and its community.
• Having the opportunity to shape your responsibilities will evolve with your professional development as business needs evolve.

What is Required:
• Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the physical sciences, materials science, or engineering.
• Demonstrated ability to initiate and drive projects in an interactive team setting, including the ability to manage competing priorities, and provide quality work on schedule.
• Demonstrated scientific publication record.
• Understanding of soft x-ray techniques; demonstrated experience in the operation of complex research equipment.
• Well developed analytical and quantitative skills.
• Demonstrated ability to teach effective and safe operation of scientific instruments.
• Ability to work with and maintain effective professional relationships with scientific staff, technical staff, and with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Proven excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Strong technical and scientific communication skills, both oral and written.
• Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned/needed.

Required Application Materials:
• Curriculum Vitae and publication list.
• Cover letter that relates your past experience to research driven by yourself and by collaborators within the user program.

For full consideration, please apply by July 20, 2022.

• This is a full-time, 3 year, career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to a career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
• This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
• 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.

The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values and the ALS mission statement and core values.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov (http://covid.lbl.gov/) for more information.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab's mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_formattedESQA508c.pdf) under 41 CFR 60-1.4.
Qualifications & Requirements
Desired Qualifications:
• Experience with spectroscopy, spectromicroscopy, resonant diffraction, or ferromagnetic resonance techniques and their applications in magnetism, correlated electronic materials, and other ordered materials.
• Experience in other experimental or theoretical techniques used in a relevant research area, such as magnetometry, charge/spin transport, ferromagnetic resonance, thin film deposition or crystal growth, etc.
• Basic experience in scripting or programming for data analysis.
• Two or more years of experience working with soft x-ray beamlines and endstations.
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