Spectroscopy Postdoc

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The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is seeking an in situ x-ray and photoelectron spectroscopy Postdoctoral Fellow to study liquid environments and help develop ambient pressure resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (APRIXS) capabilities.

What You Will Do:

  • Conduct research using x-ray spectroscopies (x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopy, resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy) to reveal dynamics and fast processes in liquid environments
  • Assist in developing APRIXS synchrotron capability and integration in new endstation setup.
  • Commissioning of new APRIXS synchrotron capability
  • Participate in weekly and biweekly meetings and seminars.
  • Collaborate and work with interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers.
  • Publish original research in peer-reviewed journals; contribute to scientific publications; present research through talks and posters at conferences, workshops, and multi-investigator meetings
  • Uphold a culture of safety and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or other related fields
  • Background in soft x-ray spectroscopies, especially RIXS
  • Experience in working with ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems
  • Ability to work independently in developing and designing endstation hardware
  • Experience working with liquid environments
  • Team-work orientation and motivation to work in a team with people from various background and research topics effectively
  • Creative and independent problem solver with a track record of tackling research projects from initiation to meaningful conclusions.
  • Desired Qualifications:
  • Strong understanding of  x-ray spectrometers and optics
  • Developing background of in situ UHV equipment
  • Knowledge of LabView and/or Python

This position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by February 15, 2021.


  • This is a full-time, 2 year, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience.
  • Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • 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.

ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy 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.

The core values of 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. An ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.

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.”

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups presently considering scientific research careers. 

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