Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source Division has an opening for a HyMARC Postdoc.
The 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. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities - including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences among others - offers a prime environment for collaborative science. 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. An ongoing commitment to recruiting a vibrant, diverse and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a diverse lab community.
What You Will Do:
The incumbent will participate in performing synchrotron radiation based energy science in a collaboration with HyMARC (Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium) PIs from LBNL, LLNL, SNL and PNNL on experimental study of hydrogen storage materials and H2-adsorption/desorption processes, with emphasis on the use of soft X-ray core-level spectroscopy for studying electronic structure of solid/gas interface for hydrogen storage materials, including Mg(BH4)2, MOFs, Li3N-KH composites and catalysts.
Participate in performing forefront research in synchrotron based energy science, with emphasis on the use of in-situ/operando soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering (RIXS) techniques for studying electronic structure of hydrogen-storage materials and H2-adsorption/desorption processes.
Communicate with the HyMARC PIs for the XAS and RIXS experimental planning, data acquisition and analysis
Provide support for the experimental program including: operation of beamlines 7.3.1 and 8.0.1 the associated endstations
Adherence to environment, safety, and health policies and procedures; assisting the equipment maintenance of in-situ/operando cells on BL7.3.1 endstation and wet-RIXS endstation (BL188.8.131.52)
Participation in planning and implementation of upgrades of the in-situ soft x-ray spectroscopy H2-cells
Collaborate with various physicists, engineers and technical support staff to perform planned experiments. Disseminate experimental and research results via publications in refereed journals; present results via oral presentations at various meetings, conferences and peer reviews.
Commitment to safe working practices. Ensure that you and beamline users are trained in accordance with relevant ES&H regulations.
Maintain current knowledge of and implement applicable policies and regulations, including LBNL and ALS Conduct of Operations and Quality Assurance policies and procedures.
What is Required:
Experience with synchrotron radiation techniques applied to the study of electronic properties of materials
Knowledge of electrochemistry and materials chemistry as well as a thorough understanding of modern instrumentation techniques applied to these areas
Must be independent, innovative and able to carry through an experiment from initiation to meaningful conclusion in collaboration with a team of technical support staff, postdocs, and students
Proven ability to pursue new areas of energy storage research involving sophisticated instrumentation including ultra high vacuum, photons and charged particle detection
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ph.D. or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled
Appointment Type: This is a full time two year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
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.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Berkeley Lab. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.
Work will be primarily performed at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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