Berkeley, CA

March 15, 2023

Open Until Filled

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source Division (ALS) has an opening available for a scientist to work on the development and application of coherent soft x-ray microscopy to problems in physics, materials, energy and environmental science.


The ALS is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 1,800 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 14,000 users annually. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with revolutionary x-ray capabilities. It’s an exciting time to join our team!


In this exciting role, as part of the ALS Microscopy Program, you will take charge of the scanning transmission and ptychography microscope (the endstation at beamline, COSMIC Imaging) to support and collaborate with the community of external scientists using the ALS. You will work in a multidisciplinary scientific research environment, collaborating with a variety of colleagues at all levels for day-to-day operations as well as research and instrumentation projects. The ALS offers fantastic opportunities to develop your own research program using state-of-the-art instrumentation in a vibrant scientific environment.


What You Will Do:

  • Establish day-to-day operations of the scanning x-ray microscopy endstation at ALS beamline and support other scientists in their safe use of this instrument
  • Maintain, upgrade and develop instrumentation and software for x-ray microscopy as required to support ALS users and to meet emerging needs of the user community
  • Collaborate with existing ALS users and develop new partnerships for performing state of the art x-ray experiments. Develop a professional network and a research program that align with the strategic goals of the ALS.
  • Document and communicate your work, including publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific and technical journals, and presenting findings at workshops and conferences
  • Communicate with ALS Users to plan and prepare for upcoming experiments
  • Review and analyze experimental data using commercial and custom software. Maintain and develop custom beamline software in collaboration with the Microscopy program and your own network.
  • Coordinate activities with subject matter experts and technicians, such as safety, mechanical, electrical, vacuum, experiment controls, etc.
  • Serve the broader scientific community as an expert resource for advisory/organizational committees, journals, and scientists at other institutions
  • Practice Integrated Safety Management (ISM) in all aspects of your work.
  • Embrace and practice concepts of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability (IDEA) and Stewardship


What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in the physical sciences, chemical sciences, or engineering or equivalent experience, as demonstrated by broad knowledge of and experience in synchrotron radiation science and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated scientific publication record.
  • Practical knowledge of physics or materials science and their applications in scientific research.
  • Understanding of coherent soft x-ray techniques; demonstrated experience in the operation of complex research equipment.
  • Advanced experience in programming for data analysis and instrument controls.
  • Ability to teach effective and safe operation of scientific instruments.
  • Ability to work with and maintain effective professional relationships with scientific staff, technical staff, and with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, and provide quality work on schedule.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Well developed analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Strong technical and scientific communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned/needed.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with coherent x-ray spectromicroscopy, and its applications in materials or energy science, magnetism, biomineralization, environmental science or microelectronics.
  • Experience in other experimental techniques used in a relevant research area, such as coherent x-ray scattering, electrochemistry, microfluidics, thin film sample preparation or microwave excitation.
  • Experience in developing and troubleshooting experimental instrumentation, with emphasis on nano-motion controls, high vacuum systems, and x-ray detectors.
  • Two or more years of experience working with x-ray beamlines and endstations.
  • Ability to lead and drive projects in an interactive team setting.
  • Ability to write and maintain Python software packages.


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For full consideration, please apply by April 15, 2023.



  • 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.
  • This position is expected to pay $7,256.00 – $11,610.00/month, which fits within the full salary range of  $7,256.00 –  $17,415.00/month for the S13.1 – Physicist Research Sci/Engr. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, plus also aligned with the internal peer group.
  • 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.


The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values and the ALS mission statement and core values.


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Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.


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