Project Scientist

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Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Project Scientist. The Project Scientist will work independently on the development and application of X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy at the newly constructed Coherent –Scattering beamline. The work involves managing technical development of the coherent scattering endstation and scientific applications of correlation spectroscopy to magnetic and correlated electron materials. The Project Scientist will join a small world-class team conducting coherent soft x-ray science experiments on a wide variety of condensed matter systems.   


What You Will Do:

  • Bring coherent scattering endstation online and commission it for X-ray Photon Correlation experiments.

  • Independently develop data acquisition and data analysis software using Python or Matlab for the operation of the experimental station that include different class of detectors.

  • Develop coherent scattering program and user base, as well as conduct science experiments.

  • Communicate work results via reports and oral presentations, including participation in meetings, reviews, conferences, and publications in refereed journals.


What is Required:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in physics or materials sciences with a minimum of 1-3 years of experience in the use of synchrotron based x-ray spectroscopy.

  • Strong technical or instrumentation skills. Candidates with hands-on experience of building/commissioning synchrotron based UHV endstations will be preferred.

  • A strong publication record of work in the areas of magnetism, complex functional material, or quantum materials.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills at a level to be able to document, present, and summarize results of research and development activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a team of scientists, engineers and technicians.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.



  • This is a full time, 1-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment 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 primarily be performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


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