Instrumentation Research Scientist

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Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking an Instrumentation Research Scientist. Reporting to the Instrumentation Program Lead, within the Photon Sciences Development Group in the ALS Division, the Research Scientist will provide scientific and technical leadership and user support to the entire ALS facility. The Research Scientist will work creatively in a multidisciplinary team, playing a lead role in the design, development and initial operation of the state-of-the-art beamlines and their associated instrumentation. This can include assistance with experiment selection, proposal writing, data acquisition, data analysis/interpretation, and publications. This multidisciplinary position requires highly developed instrument design, analytical and quantitative skills, initiative, independence, and team leading skills to critically impact the achievement of ALS organizational goals.

The ALS is a dynamic national scientific user facility that provides thousands of scientists from around the world access to bright beams of x-rays, infrared, and extreme ultraviolet light for scientific studies and technology development in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. 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 who will support a culture in which the entire ALS community feels welcomed 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.

What You Will Do:

  • Design and implementation of instrumentation systems on both beamlines and end stations as part of development of the ALS program.
  • Instrumentation implementation to include theoretical analysis, simulation, and specification.
  • Implementation of designs may be in collaboration with the ALS engineering group.  This involves specification of optical and opto-mechanical systems, working with engineering groups, such as mechanical, electrical, electronic and controls, to implement such systems.
  • Develop a scientific research program in instrumentation, aligned to the needs of the ALS program.  This might involve development and support of novel, complex in-situ sample environments that enhance the operational program of the ALS.
  • Disseminate research results via publications in peer reviewed journals; present results via oral presentations at various meetings and conferences as well as peer reviews of projects.
  • Maintain current knowledge of and implement relevant Laboratory, Division, and Program Conduct of Operations and Quality assurance policies and procedures.
  • Where users have access to beamline equipment, familiarize them with operation, coordinate and schedule experiments, ensure users are acquainted with ES&H regulations, and agree to abide by them, and give feedback to the ALS User Office on publications and user satisfaction.
  • Develop comprehensive documentation for user groups to maximize efficient use of the experimental facilities.
  • Provide initial high level of user support for the operation of the instrumentation deployed on beamlines, while demonstrating and leading by example safe work practices.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. and/or equivalent experience in instrumentation, x-ray science, or a related field and a minimum of up to 5 years of work experience or equivalent combination of research and education.
  • Significant experience in the design, modelling, implementation and operation of complex optical instrumentation, in particular utilizing UV, VUV or x-ray light.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience in developing scientific instrumentation.
  • Excellent scientific publishing record in the field of synchrotron radiation-based technique developments.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with personnel at all levels throughout a large organization and with diverse external stakeholders.
  • Expertise in the use of modern computing languages and environments such as Python, MatLab, or IDL for simulation and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of x-ray optical systems.
  • Experience collaborating in a diverse multidisciplinary team environment and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with a variety of technical and scientific personnel with varied academic backgrounds.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on January 2, 2019.

To be considered, it is necessary to apply online through this posting and provide the following materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter – Should briefly describing candidate’s background and experience as it relates to the research proposed, their career to date, and their long-range career goals.


  • This is a full time, 2 years, 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.
    • Full-time, M-F, 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.”

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