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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 10/8/2016

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Doctoral Degree


Berkeley Lab is Bringing Science Solutions to the World, and YOU can be a part of it!

In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is synonymous with "excellence." That's why we hire the best - whether in research, science or operations. This is a great opportunity to bring your top-notch skills to bear in support of world-class scientific research that addresses national and global challenges!

Position Summary:

Berkeley Labs Chemical Sciences Division has an opening for a Atomic and Molecular Dynamics Postdoctoral Fellow. The AMOS program at LBNL seeks to answer fundamental questions in atomic, molecular and chemical sciences by employing existing and currently emerging tools such as synchrotron radiation, lasers, laboratory-based extreme ultraviolet sources, and low-energy electron beams. Combining these with state-of-the-art experimental techniques including momentum imaging, coincidence techniques, electron collisions and XUV photoionization, photoabsorption spectroscopy and transient absorption, together with the development of advanced theoretical methodologies, we investigate chemistry and physics over a broad range of time scales and systems.

What You Will Do:


Develop and perform experiments to investigate femtosecond time-resolved physical and chemical and processes in various fundamental systems using high-harmonics and sum frequency generation driven by a 2 terawatt (60mJ pulses of 30 femtosecond duration) sapphire laser system.

Operate and develop ultrafast laser systems, electron and ion spectrometers and charged particle imaging detectors.

Collection, analysis and interpretation of multidimensional experimental data sets using scientific programming and software including C , Matlab and LabView.

Develop and work with existing advanced instrumentation including ultrahigh vacuum systems, ultrafast laser optics, electron and ion optics, sensitive solid, liquid and gaseous samples.

Dissemination of research results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.

Explore chemical dynamics of single molecules and few-molecule systems in the gas phase and on surfaces.

What Is Required:


PhD in physics or physical chemistry.

Demonstrated experimental experience with ultrafast laser techniques or XUV spectroscopy.

Demonstrated experience with ultrahigh vacuum and charged particle optics.

Demonstrated experience analyzing multidimensional data sets using scientific programming languages.

Additional Desired Qualifications:


Experience with the experimental techniques such as ion and electron spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, nonlinear optical techniques, electronic and mechanical apparatus design, fast data acquisition and computer programming (Matlab, Labview and C ).

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on October 6, 2016.



Berkeley Lab understands the postdoctoral experience in a research environment is unique. We are committed to the growth and development of early career researchers in pursuit of becoming next generation scientists and engineers. Read about the excellent postdoctoral benefits at Berkeley Lab.

This is a 1 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 4 years paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.

This position requires completion of a background check.

Salary will be predetermined based on student/postdoctoral step rates.

Berkeley Lab addresses the worlds 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 Labs scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Science.

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