Beamline Scientist

Website BrookhavenLab NSLS-II (National Synchrotron Light Source)

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Organizational Overview

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) is an advanced 3 GeV synchrotron light source operating at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. NSLS-II seeks a motivated Beamline Scientist for the Electron SpectroMicroscopy (ESM) Beamline. The ESM Beamline, currently at its fourth year of operation, provides state-of-the-art Angular Resolved Photoemission (ARPES) capabilities, with ultra-high energy resolution over a wide photon energy range (20 eV – 1300 eV) and a micro-focused spot-size, enabling the study of the electronic properties of quantum materials with an unprecedented level of detail.

Position Description

The successful candidate will be part of a diverse scientific program. Working closely with the ESM Lead Beamline Scientist and the scientific user community, the selected candidate will assist with the commissioning activities of the beamline towards the ultra-high energy resolution, support operation of the beamline, contribute to development/upgrade projects, establish relevant research projects and develop opportunities for scientific collaborations that exploit the unique qualities of the ESM beamline.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Active contribution to the beamline operations and user support
  • Innovate and upgrade the instrumentation to fulfill scientific demands and maintain beamline performance at the forefront of the field
  • Provide users with the support and capabilities needed to achieve and complete high-impact experiments
  • Develop an independent science program and work as member of a team to conduct experimental programs in the Soft X-ray Scattering and Spectroscopy Program at NSLS-II
  • Collaborate with NSLS-II and BNL scientists and General Users for effective and innovative use of the ESM beamline.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or related fields
  • At least two (2) years of experience (beyond the Ph.D. degree) in synchrotron-based electron spectroscopy techniques
  • Familiarity with surface science and experience with ultra-thin film growth techniques
  • Good understanding of strongly correlated electron systems
  • Demonstrated publication record
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to interact effectively in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and users

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience of constructing and/or operating beamlines and providing user support in an X-ray user facility
  • Demonstrated experience in data analysis and data reduction
  • Significant Python programming experience or similar skills and a willingness to contribute to the development of NSLS-II data analysis tools in an open-source, collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated capability of working independently
  • Good organizational, analytical skills and work planning capabilities
  • Proven abilities for disseminating research by writing papers and giving scientific presentations

Other information:

Applicants should submit at least 3 names of contacts whom we can request formal letters of recommendation.

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis).

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