Ultrafast Dynamics Postdoc – Gas Phase Dynamics

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erkeley Lab’s Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Postdoc.

The Chemical Sciences Division has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the AMOS Chemical Dynamics group. The group’s research focuses on studying ultrafast dynamics in molecules, clusters, and interfacial systems by means of time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy and imaging techniques. See http://ultrafast.lbl.gov/chemical-dynamics/publications/ for a list of recent publications. The position is associated with the study of ultrafast coupled electronic-structural dynamics in gas-phase molecules by means of high-order harmonics enabled femtosecond time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Further activities may include experimental campaigns at Ultrafast Electron Diffraction (UED) facilities, X-ray free electron lasers (X-FELs), and synchrotron radiation light sources, using a variety of imaging and spectroscopy techniques. The successful candidate has either recently received or is about to acquire a Ph.D. in physics or chemistry. The candidate is expected to independently conduct cutting-edge experiments, analyze results, derive theoretical interpretations, and draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals. A high degree of independence must be complemented by the capability to thrive in a collaborative group environment.

What You Will Do:

  • Conceive, conduct, analyze, and interpret ultrafast transient X-ray absorption experiments on gas-phase molecules employing femtosecond high-order harmonic generation
  • Draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Present scientific findings at national and international scientific meetings

What is Required:

  • PhD in Physics or Chemistry
  • Strong background and documented track record in experimental physics, chemical physics, or physical chemistry
  • Experience with femtosecond lasers, ultrafast spectroscopy and high vacuum techniques
  • Capability to work independently within a collaborative group environment
  • This position will remain open until filled.


  • 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 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.

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