Beamline Scientist for Infrared Biospectroscopy - 102085

Location
Berkeley, California, US
Salary
Unspecified
Posted
Jul 09, 2024
Posting live until
Aug 08, 2024

Beamline Scientist for Infrared Biospectroscopy - 102085

Division: AL-Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Advanced Light Source (ALS, https://als.lbl.gov/) Division has an opening for a Beamline Scientist for Infrared Biospectroscopy to drive biological and environmental research at the ALS Infrared Beamlines, including Beamlines 1.4, 2.4, and 5.4. The Beamline Scientist will work creatively in a multidisciplinary team to enhance the state-of-the-art microspectroscopy and nanospectroscopy beamline instruments and conduct cutting-edge infrared experiments in collaboration with the ALS user community.

The Advanced Light Source 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 over 1,500 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 undergoing a large-scale upgrade (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!

What You Will Do:

Research Scientist:

  • Train, support, and collaborate with ALS users to perform state-of-the-art infrared experiments;
  • Maintain and develop beamline equipment within the IR Program, including Beamlines 1.4, 2.4, and 5.4, as required to meet the emerging needs of the ALS user community;
  • Practice Integrated Safety Management (ISM) in all work aspects, including managing the biosafety requirements at the infrared beamlines;
  • Develop collaborations and partnerships with new and existing ALS users, and work with the staff of the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) Imaging program;
  • Serve the broader scientific community through expertise sharing, committee participation, review activities, and conference/workshop engagement;
  • Document and communicate your work, including publishing results in peer-reviewed scientific and technical journals, and presenting research at workshops and conferences.

Staff Scientist 

  • Perform duties outlined above for a Research Scientist with increased independence, professional judgment, and decision-making, such as taking more ownership of experimental design, execution, data analysis, and interpretation with minimal supervision; taking initiative in identifying and addressing technical issues, troubleshooting equipment, and optimizing experimental protocols independently; exercising advanced scientific judgment in experimental design, data interpretation, and troubleshooting; and making strategic decisions regarding equipment upgrades, resource allocation, and collaboration opportunities to meet emerging user needs and research objectives;
  • Drive scientific research and development in biological and environmental science by attracting new users, publishing papers, presenting at conferences, and participating in internal or external funding or project proposals.

What is Required:

Research Scientist 

  • Ph.D. and/or equivalent experience in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience and practical knowledge of biology, chemistry, physiology, and the environment and their applications in scientific research;
  • Experience troubleshooting and supporting novel infrared spectroscopic systems;
  • Demonstrated experience with Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, including quantitative analysis and interpretation of infrared spectra;
  • Skilled with computer control and automation of scientific instrumentation;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Professional presence and ability to interact and effectively communicate with a diverse community of scientists, technicians, and administrative staff.

Staff Scientist (in addition to the noted above):

  • Minimum of 5 years of work experience beyond a Ph.D. performing biological, medical, or environmental science research;
  • Track record of high-impact publications in reputable scientific journals, demonstrating the ability to communicate research findings effectively and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge;
  • Ability to develop and lead an independent research program;
  • Record of successful proposal preparation and obtaining funding;
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate with and/or lead others in a project.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with microscopy and fluorescence imaging;
  • Experience working with infrared and visible lasers;
  • Experience working at a user facility and supporting users in a dynamic environment;
  • Experience with optical photothermal infrared spectroscopy (O-PTIR). 

Required Application Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Publication list;
  • Statement of research experience and interests.

Notes:

  • For full consideration, please apply by July 26, 2024. 

If hired as a Research Scientist:

  • This is a full time, 2-year, 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. A Career position will be considered for those who have relevant experience or for existing Career-Track or Term staff who have already exhausted the number of years eligible to hold a Career-Track role;
  • This position is expected to pay $89,340 - $142,944, which fits within the full salary range of $89,340 - $166,764 for the S13.1. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group.

If hired as a Staff Scientist:

  • This is a full time, 2-year, 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. A Career position will be considered for those who have relevant experience or for existing Career-Track or Term staff who have already exhausted the number of years eligible to hold a Career-Track role;
  • This position is expected to pay $124,152 - $198,660, which fits within the full salary range of $124,152 - $231,756 for the S13.3. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group;
  • 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 on site at: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.

How To Apply

Apply directly online at http://50.73.55.13/counter.php?id=286012 and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:

Berkeley Lab (LBNL, http://www.lbl.gov/) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

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.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab - Click Here (https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html).

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) 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.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:

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