Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division is hiring for a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate (SEA). This is a multidisciplinary position that will report to the Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Chemical Sciences (APXPS & CS) Program Leader within the ALS Division. The SEA will provide complex technical support in synchrotron radiation sciences including the construction, development, and operation of soft, tender, and infrared X-ray beamlines and endstations, as well as the design, development, installation, and commissioning of X-ray spectroscopy and scattering equipment. The SEA will also provide user support, and development of new ex situ, in situ, and operando experimental systems aligned with ALS organizational goals.
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:
In collaboration with beamline scientists, engineers, and mechanical/electrical engineers/technicians, contribute to the development of new scientific methods through maintaining, developing, and upgrading beamlines and scientific endstations.
Manage and implement R&D projects from beginning to end including planning, scheduling, and coordination of technical support, to solve a wide range of complex or difficult technical problems and improve the operation of the beamline or experiment.
Troubleshoot and document beamline issues.
Take responsibility for the design and implementation of scientific instrumentation, data acquisition systems, and computer control systems (such as automation) assigned projects. This will include system design, implementation, commissioning, and documentation.
In assigned cases, work with the beamline scientists to learn details of the operation of APXPS & CS beamlines in order to provide additional support and backup coverage for beamline scientists and APXPS & CS user programs.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Provide software support for the control, data acquisition, and analysis codes required to operate the experimental system.
Disseminate experimental and research results via oral presentations and written reports at internal meetings and when appropriate external conferences and publications.
Assume responsibility for tuning, documentation, and operating beamlines or experiments for the success of user programs.
Participate in ALS Division or Berkeley Lab committees and working groups as appropriate to your skills and Division needs.
Maintain current knowledge of and implement relevant Laboratory, Division, and Program Conduct of Operations and Quality Assurance policies and procedures.
Flexibility to perform other duties as assigned/needed.
Demonstrate a commitment to the LBL principles of stewardship, safe working practices, and inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent knowledge in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field and a minimum of 3 years of related work or educational experience.
Ability to work independently, innovative, and design, guide and support users' experiments from initiation to meaningful conclusion in collaboration with a team of engineers, physicists, technical support staff, postdocs, and students.
Knowledge and experience in designing, operating, and maintaining scientific instrumentation in multiple types of systems including mechanical, electrical, vacuum, data acquisition, and computer-controlled systems.
Experience implementing and managing R&D projects, including planning, scheduling, and coordinating resources to achieve project goals.
Demonstrated experience in the operation of sophisticated research equipment. The core focus will revolve around photoelectron spectroscopy. Thus, experience, knowledge, and/or desire to learn this specific scientific instrumentation will be required.
Proficiency in writing software code and computer-aided design (CAD).
Ability to effectively document, present, and summarize results of research and development activities.
Demonstrated ability to proactively develop and implement solutions to a variety of technical problems.
Master's, PhD, or additional experimental experience in Material Science, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or related field.
Knowledge of synchrotron or x-ray radiation experimental techniques and methods in Material Science or Chemistry.
Advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of synchrotron radiation beamlines.
Machine shop experience.
Python and LabView.
Experience using scientific software.
For full consideration, please apply by November 16th, 2020. However, this posting will remain open until filled.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
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.
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.
Internal Number: 91327
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